King Kong

King Kong ★★★★½

Just incredible. I'm amazed at how well this movie has aged, like I would pay to see this on a big screen in a heartbeat. Thank you, Hooptober, for inspiring me to go back to the origin of Kong.

King Kong and the stop-motion dinosaurs look like work we'll see all the way through to the 1960s with Ray Harryhausen's work on Jason and the Argonauts. The production value and design overall is outstanding and the animation and matte paintings blend so well with the live action performances. For the 1930s, this is next level.

Obviously, the story is all rooted in this colonialist perspective, and the natives come off PRETTY poorly. But thankfully, the main white people don't come off great either, so we can at least root for King Kong to win out and try to kill them all.

Wild that almost 100 years later and a film can maintain that staying power in its spectacle.

Hooptober 28 of 31

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