King Kong (1933) Review

When a film crew travels to a tropical island in order to have an exotic location to shoot in it discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to the female star, he is then captured as they attempt to rescue her and brought back to New York City and put on display for the public.


Sometimes watching a very old film like this one can be rather tricky, given the amount of different special effects and features that we have available on film now. However, I always try to remember just when the film was made and use that to help with the judgement of it. 1933 was what I kept in mind when watching which was the first time for this film that I had heard so much about. Quite frankly it is breathtaking to think how this film was made so long ago. The sheer volume of actors used especially on the island was outstanding and then the effects to make Kong were very good as well.

Ann Darrow was cast in the film and taken with the male crew to the island but they could not have ever imagined that that a huge ape would change quite frankly everything. Carl Denham was pretty much in charge of the production and wanted to keep filming even when it was probably not the best idea. Then deciding to capture the giant ape and take it back to New York City highlights the cruelty of man towards animals doesn’t it. I mean to put it on display seems to still be the answer for somethings even now.

The level of performances were fantastic with Fay Wray being the real standout, although I guess that is not fully difficult to remember given the role she was in. Even though the last line is very well known it was great to eventually see it properly within the film it has really become one of those truly iconic moments in cinema.

Considering the film was from an idea I absolutely love that creativity has always been strong and that is something that has always continued, especially when you think about the sheer number of films since this that has included King Kong! Imagine being the first with a vision around that and then inspiring so much more, incredible.

3 thoughts on “King Kong (1933) Review

  1. It’s such an entertaining film. The clips of the villagers being crushed in the mud under Kong’s feet were trimmed in the original release, too shocking for a 1933 audience. But my first encounter of Kong was in those chewit ads where all Kong really wanted was a fruit flavoured chewy sweet, and not the girl after all. I had two friends Mike Kong and Mike King – I wish they had gone into business together.

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    • Oh wow I totally forgot about those chewit adverts! Now that is a throwback! That’s amazing that at the time it was deemed too shocking for some of the scenes to be shown.

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