Opened: April 7, 1933
Directed by: Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack
Starring: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher, Sam Hardy, Noble Johnson, Steve Clemente, Victor Wong & Everett Brown
Creating one of the most iconic characters of all-time, King Kong may look outdated but its consistent ranking as one of the greatest films of all-time is something that shouldn’t be contested.
Filmmaker Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) plucks the unknown Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) from obscurity as he embarks on his latest film adventure to the uncharted Skull Island. While there, the team run into natives that offer Ann up as a sacrifice to an enormous gorilla named King Kong.
The storyline moves fast, and the character development isn’t a deep as Peter Jackson’s 2005 epic, but the groundbreaking special effects create a realism that’s hard to keep your eyes off of.
You’ll sympathize with the poor Kong who is torn from his home and then made to be the villain.
Final say: The beast is a beauty. ★★★★★