King Kong

King Kong ★★★★½

Unbridled creativity, so stuffed with technical sorcery you‘ll have to think up new adjectives just to describe it. Even when considering its world-dominating impact, King Kong’s contribution to the evolution of cinema is surprisingly more significant than one might first imagine. It’s widely known how Willis O’Brien’s pioneering animation directly inspired the magical work of the great Ray Harryhausen, but the real key to its importance lies in its record-breaking gross. Kong’s revenue is often credited as the reason for saving RKO from bankruptcy, rescuing the company set to produce what would become the world’s most critically revered picture. To put it simply, no King Kong, no Citizen Kane

Wrapped neatly in a cautionary tale of the liberties artists take to tell stories, Kong brings the house down time after time, its expeditious momentum setting the path for both the modern blockbuster and the independent film alike. To all you goof-sticklers, this film has a body count of 40 and was released in 1933. That’s more than worth putting up with a few continuity issues.