Mark Nash’s review published on Letterboxd:
Released at a time when monsters were confined to the 'B-Movies', King Kong as remained popular since it's release 82 years ago.
At 100 minutes in length it is great piece of early cinema, featuring the stars of the day, including Fay Wray and Robert armstrong.
Armstrong's role of Carl Denham is a truly great portrayal of the struggling screen writer of the age, doing whatever he can to get a coherent movie together. of the two uttering the famous words at the climax of the picture, "'Twas beauty killed the beast"
Wray, of course is cast as Anne Darrow, the typical 'damsel in distress'. However, she really comes into her own when left to wander the wilderness of Skull Island, and play a deadly game of cat and mouse with the giant Gorilla, and eventually becoming more of a love interest to him then and offering from the resident, backward natives.
The visual effects are outstanding for the time. The rabbit fur covered armature of the gargantuan gorilla is extremely lifelike in it's movements, a credit to the early stop motion artists.
For the time it was released, it is a great piece of entertainment. The remake by Jackson in 2005 echoes the original very well. But honestly, I don't think you can beat the original of any movie.