King Kong

King Kong ★★★★½

Bang the gong for King Kong

As much as I love Peter Jackson's take on this material, the original has a crucial advantage beyond its datedness: its portrayal of Carl Denham. I don’t hate Jack Black in the 2005 version, but the OG guy here is the perfect sleazy huckster, such a scumbag that he really brings to life the story’s primary theme of exploiting nature, which helps forgive the more culturally insensitive stuff since the broader point is to indict Denham & his crew for their greed & apathy for everyone they fuck over in achieving their mission. Best part is that there’s absolutely no bloat, allowing the movie to fly by with nonstop phenomenal effects driven sequences that have stood the test of time & still wow the way I can only imagine they did in 1933.

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