Páll Kristinn Jakobsson’s review published on Letterboxd:
My introduction to King Kong was the 2005 remake.
I can still remember stumbling across the DVD in my uncles collection and deciding to watch it based solely on the cool title.
I had no knowledge of King Kong before that film and thus had no idea what I was getting myself into.
I was around 8 or 9 at the time and found the film absolutely mind-blowing, it is still to this day one of my all-time favourite films.
Shortly after seeing and falling in love with the remake my parents bought a DVD box set that included two versions of this film (one black and white and one colourised), King Kong Vs Godzilla and Kong Kong Escapes.
I can remember really liking King Kong Vs Godzilla and Kong Kong Escapes but I found this film to be such an inferior version of the story compared to the remake that I never bothered to watch it again until now.
And my god do I regret not watching it sooner.
The remake is still my preferred version of the story but this film is still pretty spectacular.
Even with all the obvious sexism and racism I still just couldn't help but fall in love with it.