King Kong (1933) Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B.

Schoedsack King Kong is a black and white giant monster adventure film. It was produced by Merian Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack. The film was made in the Pre-Coded era which was where they were just starting to put sound with film. It was highly praised when it was first released especially for its innovative special effects “The quality of special effects exceeded all previous pictures and audiences sat amazed as the giant gorilla chased actress Fay Wray through the jungles of Skull Island, and later the concrete canyons of New York City.” (Krystek, 1996) The story starts in New York harbor where Carl Denham, an independent film director famous for shooting animal pictures in exotic locations, has hired a number of seamen to embark on a voyage to a mysterious island for his new movie, but he is unable to hire an actress for his newest project. He chances upon a starving and unemployed young girl, Ann Darrow and tries to convince her to join him on the adventure, offering her the lead in his movie. They set sail aboard the Venture Where they soon arrive at a mysterious island. The natives about to sacrifice a young girl to “Kong” kidnap Ann and sacrifice her instead. “Kong” taken by her beauty takes her deep into the island where he fights a T-Rex off for her. “Kong” eventually captured and Ann rescued, is taken back to Fig 1. Original Theatrical New York where he is put on display. He quickly escapes and Poster captures Ann once again and carries her to the top of the Empire State Building. He gets into a battle with military airplanes he’s is wounded by gunfire and falls to his death. Ann is reunited with Driscoll. The film ends with Carl Denham's famous reply, "Oh, no, it wasn't the was Beauty killed the Beast." King Kong when it was first release set the bar for movies to follow nothing like it had been done before and the name “King Kong” has stuck with everyone since. There are very few who have never herd the name and even those that have not seen the original or even the following two remakes still know the name. The plot keeps you at the edge of your seat, excited for what’s coming next “KING KONG is a film of tremendous excitement. The suspense, pacing, sensuality, violence all adds up to a blood pumping experience.” (Andreiev, 2001) Fig. 2

The film has been remade twice once in 1976 directed by John Guillermin and then again in 2005 directed by Peter Jackson. The reception of both the was quite mixed. Although the 1976 film wasn’t

thought of as a terrible film, when it was compared to the original it didn’t have the same effect. “The reputation of this 1976 version of King Kong seems to have improved since it's initial release. It's nowhere near as good as the 1933 version, but who would really expect it to be. That remains the greatest of giant monster movies and a milestone in film-making. However, taken on it's own, this one is not bad at all.” (Lenera, 2005) The reception for the 2005 version was much worse. The plot line for King Kong is very simple and short, it’s not really something you can stretch out into a 3 hour movie, yet it was done. The special effects in the movie far outstrip those of the original but special effects are not enough to keep viewers interested for 3 hours. “King Kong is a very simple story, in fact, its almost a parable or fable, and the drama and excitement is all in how you tell that story. The original Kong (1933), despite its dated effects, still remains a gripping, moving experience because of the way the story is told through the magic of the cinema. Peter Jackson obviously hasn't watched the original for some time because his version takes all the magic out and replaces it with boring special effects and long running sequences that badly need editing. Why Jackson decided to stretch this simple movie to over 3 hours is a question only he can answer.” (Thursby, 2006) In conclusion King Kong is a pioneer and even though attempts have been made to remake the movie with the array of technology at our dispose it failed to live up to expectations. The original still thought of today as one of the classics and has forever cemented “Kong” into our minds. List of Illustrations Fig 1. Original Theatrical Poster (1933) [Poster] At: Fig 2. King Kong (1933) From: King Kong Directed by: Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack [Film
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Bibliography Krystek, Lee (1996) The King Kong: The Museum of Unnatural History In: [Online] At: Andreiev, Glenn (2001) Some aspects of KING KONG people forget In: [Online] At: Lenera (2005) Different approach to the 1933 Kong generally works well, even if it's definitely no classic like the original In: [Online] At: Thursby, Jack (2006) King bomb In: [Online] At: