King Kong

King Kong ★★★★

I expected a solid adventure movie. I did not expect that solid adventure movie to be a bona-fide tragedy, a scathing piece of film-industry-cynicism (everything of natural beauty and wonder is exploited for cheap entertainment), and a prime example of Americans overreaching to ruin established systems — although it does perpetuate some harmful racial stereotypes, the white capitalist Americans are the ones who look the worst at the end of the movie. It also has a big ape fighting big dinosaurs with charming, inventive special effects, so it’d be worthwhile regardless of its thematic content. It’s iconic for a reason!

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