And scream Fay Wray does most famously in this monster classic, one of the greatest adventure films of all time, which even in an era of computer-generated wizardry remains a marvel of stop-motion animation. Robert Armstrong stars as famed adventurer Carl Denham, who is leading a "crazy voyage" to a mysterious, uncharted island to photograph "something monstrous ... neither beast nor man." Also aboard is waif Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) and Bruce Cabot as big lug John Driscoll, the ship's first mate.
King Kong's first half-hour is steady going, with engagingly corny dialogue ("Some big, hard-boiled egg gets a look at a pretty face and bang, he cracks up and goes sappy") and ominous portent that sets the stage for the horror to come. Once our heroes reach Skull Island, the movie comes to roaring, chest-thumping, T. rex-slamming, snake-throttling, pterodactyl-tearing, native-stomping life. King Kong was ranked by the American Film Institute as among the 50 best films of the century. Kong making his last stand atop the Empire State Building is one of the movies' most indelible and iconic images. And this is the definitive video version: remastered from a pristine archival print, with previously censored scenes of Kong flossing with natives restored. Also restored is the curious scene in which Kong peels poor Fay's clothing like a banana and tickles her fancy. --Donald Liebenson
The story goes at a good pace. It wasn't rushed and was very well done. Kong was made lovable throughout the movie and the connection between Ann Darrow (Fay Ray) and Kong was good.
My favorite scene in the film would have to be when Kong fought the Rex. It was cool and at the last part where he breaks the dinosaur's jaw and starts playing with it was funny and we had a bit of laughing aloud. (With my family.) The island was full od dinoaurs and it was pretty funny when the diplodacus (Is that how you spell it?) started eating people. I thought it was a herbivore! Very funny.
The main reason this film is such a classic is very simple. It was one of the first true horror films! I.E. when the film debuted and Kong's face was first shown, people cringed and screamed in the audience. That's the type of impact this film had on people and the way movies are made. The spark just sent the flame spinning through the air!
Five stars, a must have for any film collector.