Ian Hobbs’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Oh no, it wasn't the airplanes. It was beauty killed the beast."
When you think of a classic film, there's many films that come to mind. But I think above all other films that fall under the "classic film" genre, Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack's 1933 monster movie King Kong is the true "classic" film. It's not perfect - to me at least - but as I watched, I feel in love and sought it as a classic film that defined multiple genres, among society as well.
The main fault I find within the film is only the fact that the first 30 minutes or so felt dragged out and didn't flow very well. Everything before the ship didn't work as well as I hoped, but I was glad it picked up. The story here - written by too many people to name - is true adventure, and I loved it. From the ship to the island and back to the city, King Kong is so fun and beautiful simultaneously and I truly think if not for the film, we wouldn't have really any adventure films we do today.
The true gem of the entire film is the effects - I mean obviously. The work of Willis O'Brien is marvelous to see on screen and the look of King Kong is magnificent to see onscreen. Every moment that Kong was on screen I felt the power he had and I loved how well he came alive on screen. The action here is so great. Each monster fight, each running scared scene, everything, was entertaining and the action was top notch.
When it comes to the performances, King Kong offers some of the weirdest and yet, enjoyable performances I've ever seen. Robert Armstrong's Carl Denham was such a great character and I loved his reasoning on everything. Fay Wray was absolutely incredible as Ann Darrow and was one of the best damsels in distress I've ever seen. Along side them; Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher, & Sam Hardy allows the film to be truly remarkable.
This is my first venture into the lore of King Kong - besides the newest Kong: Skull Island - and I can say I want to watch every film featuring him. Revolutionary for its time, an adventure film unlike anything I've ever seen, and truly beautiful in the sense of romance and nature, Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack's masterpiece of adventure and monster mayhem King Kong is one of the finest films to ever be released and had definitely made me a fan.