The vast step in set design gave the immersive environments believable perspectiveswhich develop fantastical atmospheres through the mysterious moods that areintroduced by the use of other effects such as limited lighting and the way in whichthe giant creatures are established within these giant, imaginative scenes. All of these innovative methods have influenced many popular and successful modernfilms, that share similar themes or ideas that have gained inspiration from theoriginal revolution which
King Kong is the father of Jurassic Park, the Alien movies and countless other storiesin which heroes are terrified by skilful special effects.”
Since the films release, it has been deemed culturally, historically and aestheticallysignificant. An exploration within
is the idea of the power of the white manand how the development of separate civilisations has progressed at different rates.The primal tribes on Skull Island reflect a degrading theme on certain ethnicitieswhich introduce stereotypical depictions of black cultures and their primitivenatures. However, the ‘civilised white men’ are portrayed in a way which depressesother cultures that, in turn, also mirror the social and ethnics problems happeningduring the time of the films production. A way in which this is also expressed isthrough the transformation of Kong himself. Kong is witnessed to be transformedfrom dreaded and seemingly unstoppable beast on Skull Island, to being an iconwhich offered a representation of the superiority man that could also have referenceto the advance in these ‘civil’ societies. Furthermore, this could also berepresentation of racist themes with Kong symbolising black cultures beingdemeaned by ‘civilised culture’ (Figure 2).
“On Skull Island, Kong is a feared god. Once within the realm of the civilized world, heis reduced to a pathetic curiosity and even when he attempts to ascend the EmpireState building, he is still easily put down by man's technological prowess. The EmpireState building here serves as a symbol of man's dominance that no beast canchallenge.”