King Kong

King Kong ★★★★★

*Trolley's Retrospective Mini-Reviews of His 100 Favourite Films* [#1/100]

'Did you ever hear of... Kong?' (Robert Armstrong as Carl Denham)

Brief Synopsis: A movie director (Armstrong), his leading lady (Fay Wray) and various crew members of the chartered ship 'Venture' arrive on Skull Island to make a film where an unexpected contender for the role of tall, dark and handsome leading man appears out of the jungle. Cue lots of screaming..

Verdict: One of the masterpieces of the movies' age of innocence. Much has been written about special effects pioneer Willis O'Brien's mastery of the myriad process shots, including stop-motion animation, matte painting, etc., but the chief fact is that over eight decades after it was made this film still works splendidly as entertainment and easily puts into the shade all other films in the monster/adventure genre, including expensive remakes by Dino De Laurentiis in the '70's and Peter Jackson in 2005.

Trivia Note: The film was made at RKO simultaneously alongside The Most Dangerous Game (1932) - another Ernest B. Schoedsack/Merian C. Cooper production - and utilized many of the same cast and crew and even some of the same sets.