Wash my coat, but, don't get me wet.’s review published on Letterboxd:
This is the first king kong related piece of media I've seen, and what a great way to start.
I adore the stop-motion and the creature design, it's charming now and spectacular for the time. The dialogue is literally all just sexism but you have to remember that this was made in 1933. It's absolutely a product of its time.
On the island everything feels like a genuine threat which is something many films struggle with 87 years on. I love the violence and was not expecting it going in.
Despite all my praise, I have one pretty major issue.
I was bored for a good portion of the runtime, not getting any sleep the night before certainly didn't help but it's not like I sleep a lot anyway, I usually function on very little sleep just fine. Once they arrived at the island time flew by, but everything before that point was so dull.
King Kong may be a product of it's time, but its a filmmaking marvel for the time as well. This film was the pinnacle of all films for many years and I absolutely understand why.