Ali’s review published on Letterboxd:
A famed director aims to make his next big hit. Known for filming dangerous subjects in exotic locations, he sets out for an uncharted island with a large crew and lots of gas bombs. Upon reaching their destination, the crew inadvertently spoil a native ceremony. An act of retaliation from the islanders means it’s not long before Kong gets his big mitts on the leading lady and the film project is converted into a rescue mission.
Ol' King Kong looks pretty great in all his 1930s glory! The stop-motion animation lends a creepy effect to his movements. The jungle sets also look great, and from them emerge a surprising number of other prehistoric beasties. While the humans don’t always fare so well against them, Kong proves time and time again that he is the king of the jungle— and with a shocking amount of brutality, I might add (the way he was breaking those enemy jaws back was giving me flashbacks to my recent Saw marathon). Despite this, Kong never feels all that villainous, and in fact evokes more sympathy from me than all of the dull and/or offensive human characters. Ann Darrow gives a respectable performance though, and she sure is one hell of a screamer.