King Kong

King Kong ★★★★½

Film #10 of Project 30

” He was a king and a god in the world he knew, but now he comes to civilization, merely a captive, a show to gratify your curiosity. Ladies and gentlemen, look at Kong: the Eighth Wonder of the World!”

This is as amazing as it can get. A wonderful and staggering action-adventure which after all these years is still breathtaking and pleasing. The most astonishing thing about this top-notch thriller from 1933 is that it hasn't aged at all, of course Kong looks quite strange with the stop-motion animation but surprisingly the film’s action scenes and the overall visuals still look marvelous. Kong’s fight with the giant T-Rex, his madness in the streets of New York later in the movie and finally his iconic battle with the planes on top of the Empire State are without a doubt among the most amusing action scenes I've ever seen. Interestingly the film is pretty much violent and graphic even by today’s standards and this sort of uncompromising approach may be the reason that King Kong’s action still looks thrilling. But the film is not just about Kong, in the first half - before the introduction of the giant ape – the film builds a solid atmosphere full of tension and mystery, actually some of the film’s strongest and most memorable moments happen before Kong enters the plot. And after the introduction of Kong the film becomes an unstoppable train, it’s hard to imagine a movie that can pump more adrenaline that King Kong’s second half. Max Steiner’s superb score is another reason that this is such a stunning motion-picture and the witty and sarcastic dialogues add more joy to the experience. I have a feeling that I’m going to watch this one over and over, highly recommended.