King Kong

King Kong ★★★½

After watching the documentary King of Kong about competitive Donkey Kong players, I felt an urge to rewatch this one for the first time since I was a kid.

The film does start a bit slow, but as soon as they get to the island it moves at a nice pace. The stop motion effects are great even now, and they blend well with the live action elements. It looks cheesy in some parts, but mostly holds up incredibly for a movie from 1933. I really respect the ambition, considering that talkies had even only existed for 4 years or so prior to this.

That being said it’s a product of its time, so don’t go in expecting modern values in this. The depiction of natives and the romance between Jack Driscoll and Ann Darrow definitely feels dated.

I saw the Peter Jackson remake when it came out but I remember that being a bloated mess. So I’ll stick with this version.

Also I don’t own any Nintendo systems but I really want to play either Donkey Kong Country or Donkey Kong 64 for some reason...

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