King Kong (1933) - Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

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Breathtaking

A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.

IMDB: 7.9
Director: Merian C. Cooper
Stars: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong
Length: 100 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 36 out of 485 found boring (7.42%)

One-line Reviews (269)

I really would have loved it,but now I think the special effects are VERY silly and the story is stupid but it´s still entertaining and the end at Empire State Building is a classic.

It has great moments that deserve to be remembered, it has lapses of logic that are increasingly frustrating, and it has poor set-up and a number of repetitive moments.

The log rolling sequence, the train disaster, the flight through the jungle and the many "victim" scenes, are worth watching and waiting for.

For a science fiction monster movie, this must have been thrilling for the people of the 30's, and even terrifying at some points.

The first half, the exciting half, in which we go on a cruise and land on an exotic island with dangerous gigantic animals who want to eat people, is the reason people watch the movie.

Only when the driver ses Kong and applies the brake, does the train begin to slow down at all, too late to avoid running off the track, even if Kong wasn't there!

It's fun, entertaining, fast paced, gorgeous visually, and Kong's face is the most expressive I've ever seen created in such a movie.

I like the bond between the woman and Kong himself but everything else around them is just very uninteresting.

The Lost World (1925) even today has impressive visual effects and is highly entertaining.

King KongA new or 'out of the box' idea isn't everything, there are lots of inputs before the film hits the screen and this movie is the perfect example of it; it has a new concept, it offers enough range to the characters and the actors, its gripping and it unfolds in each level into something vivid and beautiful.

The effects for the time were stunning, and are still impressive today, with a flawless attention to detail being shown.

And Max Steiner composed a score that was both exciting (especially during the brontosaurus attack/log sequence) and touching (Empire State Building segment).

It took over 50 years to top the special effects and action in this one, and still today it is fast paced and entertaining.

His reward for being helpful is being chained up and dragged off to "civilization".

Simply this breathtaking experience is unforgettably astonishing!

Other viewers' comments are a fascinating cross-section of the movie-going public.

I personally think that this movie should have been more about King Kong destroying New York, as that scene, while incredible, seems short in comparison to what seems like the very tedious scenes in which King Kong battles dinosaurs on his home island, and leaves me hungry for more.

the reverse shot of Fay Wray as she struggles to escape her bonds and the breathtaking shot of Kong driving open the mighty doors before the fleeing natives.

Back in '05 when Peter Jackson's remake came out I went to the theatre to see it and really enjoyed it.

It is super entertaining to see King Kong fight all of the monsters on the island.

Good plot, with a solid set up, a fair degree of intrigue and exciting developments.

Fay Wray is a compelling actress.

The scenes where dinosaurs paper in are very entertaining like the scene where a brontosaurs chases the crew and eats a few crew members and the scene where Kong fights a Tyranosaurs-Rex is revolutionary at it's time and is one of the best scenes in this movie

The movie is still very exciting to watch, which is quite unusual for a movie that is 75 year old.

All the elements are there: a ludicrous plot (among the many improbables we have to swallow is the fact that the discovery of living tyranousauri is regarded unremarkable by all); bad acting; a quasi-racist world-view, non-stop action tempered by a little love interest; and stunning special effects.

Maybe it shows how bored I was that I even watched it.

what an awful boring film .

It easily is still one of the most entertaining movies ever made.

very entertaining .

the special effects do not hold up, but they must have been breathtaking in the day...

King Kong is a variation on the classic Beauty and the Beast plot line, and sees themes of love, the desire of man to discover the undiscovered and the ills of being somewhere you don't belong, wound tightly around an invigorating and exciting B-movie plot line.

Besides, while it was a good film for the early 1930's, it is boring now.

I thought it was a good classic monster movie and worth watching.

His attack on the train is stunning, as is the moment when he plucks a woman out of her apartment, then drops her carelessly to the ground as he realises she is not the woman he wants.

It is an exciting adventure if the audience can get past the machine-like animals.

A Fun, Entertaining Film .

Quite enjoyable 100m or so in duration.

Two or three minutes of New York scenes are worth watching, too.

This film, produced in 1933, isn't dated at all, and remains totally engaging from beginning to end.

The extras a exciting, its the only movie I've watched all the special features on.

It took me way too long to finally watch the original having seen both the other versions.

It was probably one of the early movies to start using the green screen to add digital effects which made it a little choppy, however it was necessary to keep the movie interesting and action packed.

Endlessly fascinating.

While the plot is certainly simple, it's filled with a constant series of thrilling scenes that literally reinvented the adventure genre in film due to their influence on subsequent films.

It's a bit of a slow start.

From the thrilling action and fighting, to the sadness with Kong's death, it is well done for its time.

I really hated the 1976 remake simply because it featured no giant reptiles on Skull Island ( Though there's other reasons to hate the dire remake too ) and you might bite your lip to stop yourself laughing as the expedition are attacked by a whole host of prehistoric monsters but you've got to admit it's very , very enjoyable as are the scenes in New York at the end

And it gets rather repetitive.

The Empire State Building was something new and exciting when this movie came out, and even though today it might look cheesy how they cut to the far away shot of the building and a gorilla "climbing" the side, at the time it was very high tech and relevant.

The picture's script, by James Creelman and Ruth Rose, is exciting and at times witty (the line about there being enough big apes already in NYC always gets a huge laugh when seen theatrically), and the film's final line--"It was beauty killed the beast"--is surely one of the most memorable final lines ever.

The characters are fascinating (Fay Wray is absolutely gorgeous, by the way), and you will want to watch it a second time.

It is an exciting scene, and it works well here.

Jack Driscol is a very bland character, that's all I can really say about him.

King Kong is a horror adventure and breathtaking.

This movie believe it or not DOES create quite a bit of suspense on the Skull Island chases, though it does get somewhat repetitive (Pick Ann Darrow Up, walk a bit, encounter big monster, put Ann Darrow down, fight monster, repeat) and I liked all the performances here, especially Robert Armstrong as Carl Denham.

Through out the movie it was exciting to watch and i had no problem watching this in black n white.

I've heard that some people think that the middle of the movie after Kong has taken Ann was too drawn out and long.

As the steamer arrives to the uncharted Skull Island, Denham and the others soon encounter hostile natives, prehistoric animals, and King Kong, a giant gorilla, before returning to New York where the unexpected occurs, King Kong's escape and rampage throughout the city.

King Kong isn't to the point, on the contrary it takes the long route which is filled with gripping and exhilarating sequences with a sense of enough emotion for all of it to glue this project together.

The special effects, unequaled for many years, the rousing, beautiful, penetrating musical score, the timeless story, and a presentation of the things dreams are made of, make this a model of the greatest of Movie making.

A Thrilling Innovative Masterpiece .

The set design for the primitive village complete with giant wall is stunning.

However, forgiving the movie a bit, it's still quite compelling because of its action sequences.

The stop-motion, while incredibly dated, has a compelling charm.

When we want a romantic scene, it's heart-gripping.

However, it is dynamic, engrossing, suspenseful, charming, powerful, and poignant.

Banal acting with banal screenplay, without anything interesting to say.

He causes the deaths of many of his own boat crew and many of the natives, and then causes the slow and painful demise of King Kong himself.

The shots of the walls around the village are stunning as are the views of the NY skyline.

Regardless, the T-Rex wrestling scene is classic and engaging even by today's standards, and Kong's running about New York was just as riveting.

But it's also a gripping adventure yarn with a lot of clever threads interwoven.

Decades later the effects may seem mundane.

It was, to say the least, a labor-intensive project under people like Willis O'Brien, Meriam C.

In the end, though, the fantastic effects and enjoyable stop-motion sequences are more than enough to make this worthy of a watch.

Really exciting and entertaining adventure / sci-fi classic.

Though dated, King Kong is still wildly entertaining.

You could write a story just as entertaining, just as silly, just as spectacular, and just as much far-fetched fun, and still retain elements of both sensitivity and intelligence.

Still one of the greatest movies of all time, this is totally enjoyable from it's opening scene to it's last.

That miserable story was tedious and dated.

King Kong is a character that has been retold and re-imagined so many different times that it should feel tiresome and worn out.

One, it was the only scene that I found exciting, and two, I knew it was over.

While it suffers by a few contrived scenes that could have been much improved upon, and special effects that are by all means severely dated, it is still an excellent film and a standard to live up to.

This is a classic and I highly recommend it, but unfortunately your kids who want to see something scary will probably get bored by it.

For it's time, the special effects were cutting edge, but as a viewer who has watched films with the technology and the special effects that films have today, and even had 10 or 15 years ago, it was very difficult for me, personally, to take the "monster" as anything more than entertaining.

As I said, once the action kicks in, the his a very entertaining movie and impossible to put down.

Watching this as a kid on the TV was very exciting, with every boy's dream of seeing life dinosaurs and large gorillas on screen.

I saw this classic while i was a kid and my first feelings still continue today while i'm an adult: the clash of civilization / nature is really gripping and the violence of every side is frightening… It's amazing to see that in the 30s, the movies language was already finished because except for the special effects, this movie equals (and sometimes beats) all current productions: the story is clear, direct, intriguing, the cast is talented and the characters totally recognizable and there is a real, deep craft to build the sets (i really like when they are climbing down the cliff and you can see on the horizon the boat and the big door)!

Despite the stop motion animation looking cheesy compared to modern day standards the film does a great job of keeping the suspenseful tone while also displaying exciting monster fights between Kong and the dinosaurs of Skull Island like the notorious T.

Great pacing, groundbreaking special effects, and a ton of action make for an entertaining experience.

The Godzilla films, while entertaining, had cheaper special effects and often times the plots were not as good.

Max Steiner's rousing score and the elegant black and white cinematography are also on the money excellent and effective.

When Kong battles the T-Rex it's thrilling.

-----------The build up to the exciting part on Skull island is brilliant and lasts for 40 minutes.

The SFX, by the late, great Willis O'Brien still stand up today and this film is even decades later, still worth watching.

Overall, I thought this film was well done, and certainly enjoyable to watch.

Normally these old type of adventure movies are sort of clumsy made and silly to view but "King Kong" is genuine exciting, tense and entertaining.

Not only did I find this movie to be slow moving, I found it to be one of the worst movies that I have ever seen.

people will swear blind that modern creature movies are dull and pointless...

And even though it is not a perfect film, it has captured the imaginations of it viewers and is compelling in its scope and story telling !

Thus I feel a bit bad about having to admit that I find King Kong to be a really, really boring movie.

A stunning nearly 50 minutes of build-up elapses in this film before we actually meet the titular beast, and it is paced just right, building the perfect amount of anxiety.

In this BatB meets the Lost World meets Zane Gray, some scenes have an originality now passed to cliché.

This is worth watching, and there was a remake of this movie in the '70's.

The breathtaking photography and art direction create a supernatural mood for the film.

Also, the sounds on screen and off screen were good for a while, but got very repetitive as the movie went on.

What makes the movie so enjoyable is the strength of the storytelling , the emotional depth and most important of all the imagination involved , it has a true sense of scale and wonder .

I've seen it several times and yet to get bored with it, always a plus with any movie.

This one shows Kong having a tough time defeating the T-Rex, but of-course ultimately defeating him after a lengthy but entertaining fight.

" It is spin, propaganda, said more to pique the public's interest, sell papers, and sell tickets to see Kong, rather than to inform the public of the truth.

King Kong snooze fest .

It is still fascinating today, even with the great advancements in special effects.

Key plot concepts borrow the damsel in distress cliché and blow it to astronomical proportions.

Well worth watching.

With visuals that must have been as awe inspiring as Kubrick's 2001 upon its release the duo stuck to the action and backed off introspection pitting the unscrupulous motor mouth adventurer Carl Denham against the quick to anger Kong.

i suppose we must accept its exceptional size as a reason for its unpredictable and unlikely actions...

The action the crew encounters on skull island is however an entertaining storyline.

" I first saw King Kong about the age of nine or ten, and was completely enthralled by its gripping story telling ,and hair raising adventure.

The fight with the T-Rex earlier in the film is quite exciting.

And the bits with the natives nearly made me fall asleep of boredom.

The photography and the sets are stunning, and Skull Island itself simply oozes with menace and mystery.

What is truly fascinating about the film, especially considering when it was made, is that director Merian Cooper treats Kong like the hero of the story (which he is), rather than just a special effect.

And Show business is a major waste of time!

" Considering that Kong is part of nature's beauty and that Denham heartlessly dragged the ape to civilization for exploitation, I'd say "it was Beast killed Beauty.

Taken in that context, it's still quite an enjoyable experience.

Secondly, although the plot is basic, it is still compelling and interesting.

The best way to view this film is to not question the plot, but rather to enjoy the fantasy, and to marvel at the stunning visuals.

The suspenseful music used throughout helps to create eerie vibe that the movie embodies.

Here, for the first time, the icon is a handmade creation but one that seems, looks and sounds real, and that was before animated features and long before CGI technology would make it so easy it would become boring.

It's simply an enjoyable, well made monster movie.

The level that the characters- the three main ones being Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong), Jack Driscoll (Bruce Cabot), and Ann Darrow (Fay Wray in her most recognizable and flat-out entertaining work)- work on is one that is of the utmost simplicity, so much so that there really isn't anything beyond the most basic, untouchable points.

But when I had to watch it for my class I realized holy cow, it is a hell of a lot more intense watching the first version.

The movie is very thrilling and impacting.

There is a big creature entertaining the masses, there is a romance story, a (mostly) helpless female actress at the center of it all and the creature here is used for human greed and entertainment purposes.

When we want terror, the music's intense.

Kong is terrific, suspenseful, has some scary(for kids more so than oldsters) moments(esp.

This amazing adventure film is still one of the most viscerally exciting spectacles ever made and changed the course of movie history.

Most old movies I watch, they get boring after a half-hour.

Slow and hard to keep up the desire to continue watching .

They thought it was unrealistic because there were dinosaurs and a giant gorilla on the island etc. This movie is entertaining throughout the whole movie!

overall i think it was avery entertaining movie, although it had some pitfalls .

The film's most famous set piece; Kong carrying Fay Wray up the Empire State Building and being shot by planes is thrilling and dynamic in a way I wouldn't have expected in a film of this era.

Builds suspens, the characters are great and the classic 1930's setting is very enjoyable!

Also, the parts with just humans are pretty boring, especially when you have awesome monsters scurrying and stomping around.

The story to me is very boring and its hard tolerate to the character when the protagonist is a gorilla.

Now who would have ever thought that this 1933 "Monster-On-A-Rampage" movie would still endure and persevere and remain satisfyingly entertaining after all of these many, many years?

The acting from Fay Wray, (playing actress Ann Darrow), Bruce Cabot, (Playing Jack/John Driscoll, the love interest of Darrow, and he rescuer from Kong), and Robert Armstrong (portraying director Carl Denham, the one who comes up with the idea to bring Kong back to New York), are all very enjoyable, especially from Robert Armstrong, who gives a performance of a mad genius who will do anything to "Wow" people.

The stop motion effects are totally stunning and technically the film looks first rate for its time, especially that of the close ups of Kong, which seem to add a touching personality to the lovesick beast.

I think the shot of Kong falling backwards into this tree is thus particularly stunning because it makes me feel as if I am right behind Anne and thus in danger myself (from the falling tree).

Still thrilling and moving after all these years,the greatest of all giant monster movies .

It was awesome, spectacular, breathtaking, shocking and, above all, NEW.

A classic that is still thrilling after over eighty five years .

Here, the Beauty and the Beast tale is projected in our subconscious with features of huge and thrilling beauty.

And all this aside, "King Kong" remains one of the most entertaining movies of its kind, despite its age.

Due to intense scenes (Kong stepping on a native, throwing woman out of apartment window, etc.) or controversial material (Kong stripping Ann's dress while holding and smelling her), it's the shorter prints that have circulated for decades.

However, today's technology can make the Kong story much more compelling and I'm eager to see what Peter Jackson has done with the new Kong.

While the animation was certainly groundbreaking at the time, i found myself getting bored with the longer fight scene.

Schoedsack bring an awesome and impressive sense of scope and spectacle: The scenes on Skull Island with Kong fighting various enormous prehistoric creatures and the tough and dashing Jack Driscoll (a sturdy and engaging performance by Bruce Cabot) leading a rescue party into the treacherous jungle in order to retrieve Ann remain extremely lively and exciting to this very day.

The animatronics through out the movie, from Skull Island, climbing skyscrapers, to the final showdown on top of the Empire State Building was exciting.

The 1976 version was surprisingly dull and boring for a bigger budgeted film, the only fight on the island being between Kong and a giant snake.

Exciting.

Of course when you realise this was made over 70 years ago, naturally some things will have dated, such as the acting and some cheesy dialogue, but for audiences at the time it must have been a very tense and exciting time.

I enjoy looking at Kong 2005, but when the initial wow-effect has worn off I find Kong 1933 more exciting to look at.

Kong's fighting of the T-Rex was interesting, but got old fast, and his playing with it's broken jaw was cute for a moment, but got quite boring quite fast.

It is not a masterpiece, it is not flawless, and it is not one of the greatest movies the world has ever seen, but beyond its reputation and the disappointment it brings, it's an enjoyable, scary and occasionally great film.

Girl, Ape, Boyfriend, story is adventurous, scary at times, exciting, and very entertaining.

Wow how exciting?

This was made well before computers, but the special effects are mind blowing and make the story literally come to life.

Seriously though, I still find this film thrilling.

The segment from when the men run into the jungle after Kong up to the break after the T-Rex fight is about as breathtaking as you get.

I fell asleep twice, and had to rewind, since I wanted at least to see the whole movie.

The Exorcist, Planet of the Apes, Singin' in the Rain - to me, these are at best only good movies, and at worst suffocating bores.

While modern advances in visual effects are flashy, the achievements of King Kong are simply breathtaking.

This is the kind of climaxes masterpieces are made on, both thrilling and emotional.

The ending scene on top of the Empire State building was a tedious process to accomplish, and the closing moments with antagonist and protagonist is very sweet to watch.

I'm sure in the 1930s when it came out the big bad gorilla turned sideshow was an absolutely mind-blowing frightening experience, but now it just makes me yawn and occasionally laugh.

The exciting Fay.

The very simple, but engaging, story follows Carl Denham, a filmmaker who leads a party sailing from New York to film...

King Kong, however, is both highly entertaining and, more importantly, is able to tell the film without a wasted scene or dialogue.

But the grunting of Kong heard in the distance is an aspect which keeps you on the edge of your seat.

As silly as the ape may seem to our eyes, i have to believe that the action sequences must have been stunning to the 1933 audience.

When watching the film earlier today, scream by scream the paralysing boredom bored its way into my limbs, my every cell shouting: "Do something else, you annoying woman, you!

The stop-motion is crude, but then that's really what's so fascinating and cool about it, and it actually does work in a kind of spectacular way with the cheaper thrills thrown in.

An Entertaining Classic .

Hollywood film-makers of today could certainly learn a few things from watching it with its well-written characters, fast-paced and dynamic script which contains barely a dull moment, excellent dialogue and hauntingly memorable music.

This is also the mark of great movies, even the most unsophisticated ones manage to inspire us some unexpected feelings.

Watching this movie today it's pretty exciting just to think what audiences in 1933 must have thought of the film.

Aside from the script, there is also some dated overacting in the film, some of the action scenes involving Kong stretch a bit, including a fight scene on the island between the giant gorilla and a dinosaur, and the film may be a little dull around the beginning.

As a kid in pre-Star Wars days, it was breathtaking to watch on TV (a station always showed it every year on Thanksgiving night after Miracle on 34th Street, go figure).

He is a fascinating monster.

The sound effects are amazing but I'm still giving it 6/10 for the slow start and the not so good ending.

The first 25 minutes is indeed slow and it is in this section where the sometimes stiff acting and dialogue is most prominent.

Fortunately King Kong is no longer included in the list, however, I feel I need to vent about how much this bored me.

I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end.

Listening to the Rudy Behlmer commentaries for Grass and Chang, including his interviews with Cooper, is as fascinating as watching the films.

The story is really compelling,one of the best and most tragic romances of all time(the Beauty & The Beast parallels are obvious but gripping),the sets are impressive,considering the movie is from 1933,and the actors,particularly Robert Armstrong as excessively ambitious director Carl Denham,are very good.

While the narrative is ostensibly simple, there's a lot more under the surface that penetrates our subconscious, and a closer examination reveals some intriguing parallels and timeless themes that go beyond social/cultural boundaries.

All these elements make his death at the end much more compelling.

Maybe a bit racially insensitive, but the fantasy of an island forgotten by time (and yet using a language mutually intelligible to one a member of the crew knows), where noble savages present sacrifices to the unseen god who turns out, more terrifyingly, just to be one of the beasts of the mundane world.

Definitely the best movie of its age and even by today's ratings, seventy-three years since this thrilling movie priemered, it still holds out above many others.

This reminds me of many of Alfred Hitchcock's movies since they always seemed to take their time with the build up to enhance that suspenseful feeling.

An awful lot of tedious and difficult work to create these memorable images.

Even if you love silver screen Hollywood productions, you may as well get bored with this movie.

The jungle sets have a hallucinatory quality and Kong's battle with a Tyrannosaurus remains thrilling despite scores of Godzilla movies.

Overall I found this movie to be very enjoyable and somewhat funny.

Kong's rampage in the Big Apple likewise seriously smokes, with a doozy of a thrilling and tragic climax set on top of the Empire State Building.

boring!

Stunning special effects for its time, Kong steals the show .

Absolutely grand adventure film holds up beautifully today, and is quite exciting and harrowing.

One of the best aspects of the scripts is that Cooper perfectly understood the merit of a long suspenseful build-up before showing the main character.

it really is entertaining.

The second half, which is set in New York, is what is known as the boring half, and is best slept through.

Do I think this is a movie worth watching if you haven't seen it already?

There are just too many long and pointless fight scenes that do nothing for the story; Kong versus dinosaur number one, two and three; Kong versus a giant snake; Kong versus the natives, the ships crew and, of course, the biplanes on top of the empire state building.

The story is still exciting despite the pieces of garbage humans in it.

A very enjoyable film that anyone can like.

However, the direction of the film is so great, the magic of the story-telling so compelling, that after a short time you forget about the extremely dated and unconvincing special-effects, because the story itself convinces you, commands you to believe, its reality.

this is definitely one of my favorite films, the special effects are real good for its time due that they're was none of the technology there is now a days, it really impacted me, Kong shocked me a bit, its also very entertaining, i enjoyed the concept of the film and its somewhat unorthodox plot.

Monumental, influential and still entertaining after all these years .

The undiminished, primordial energy it continues to generate derives from all aspects of production; from Willis O'Brien's masterly stop-motion animation and Murray Spivack's innovative early sound mix, to Max Steiner's brilliantly evocative, operatic music score.

And so starts the amazing, action packed adventure.

The film will keep you on the edge of your seat as a 'cat and mouse' game ensues on skull mountain between Driscoll - Ann's love interest(portrayed by Bruce Cabot) and Kong.

In the end, I will say that this was very entertaining back in its day and it is still entertaining now and why I am a fan of King Kong.

There is SO very much to love about this legendary picture, but the two elements that surely work the hardest to make it an eternal joy are the absolutely first-rate stop-motion effects by Willis O'Brien (who had already impressed audiences with his effects in the 1925 silent marvel "The Lost World," and who would go on to amaze filmgoers via his work in 1949's "Mighty Joe Young") that make Kong a living, breathing and feeling character--his love and affection for the little blonde doll that is Ann Darrow are always made manifestly clear--and the thrilling and pounding score by Max Steiner.

After watching this film, the only two words that come to are boring and long.

This is rich and wonderful, told at a breathtaking pace with Freudian undertones and a layered, gallant, adventure.

Jurassic Park (1993), which some consider the best dinosaur movie, has spectacular Special Effects and is very entertaining.

Excellent claymation and incorporating it with the live action to make a truly exciting and believable looking movie.

The set-up is flawed by its laziness and is painfully contrived.

After a fairly slow but intriguing start, the action really kicks off with Ann's abduction to be offered as a bride to Kong, the giant gorilla who lives in a walled-off part of Skull Island, along with dinosaurs and other unspeakable creatures, ready to eat anything which ventures into their domain.

The music and the fog enhanced the suspense and terror that was happening during the suspenseful scenes, especially while they were still on the island.

King Kong will appeal to fans of entertaining monster action, as well as providing ample food for thought for people that want more than just giant apes and dinosaurs from their films.

Fay Wrays screaming is intense, i wonder if she really screamed that much.

It's the idea of an island like this out there is fascinating and I kind of wish it was true.

The story is not complex, but it is fast and exciting.

The plot is basic but effective and, although it takes a while to get going, once Kong is on the screen the film is much more exciting and involving.

The effects though basic still manage to be entertaining and engaging.

The Jackson version of this scene has, instead of one, three tyranosaurs, and actually has Kong juggling Anne from hand to hand to foot, with some outrageous acrobatics and other over the top fighting, but it goes on way too long, and just doesn't create the same excitement that the original fight has.

So in conclusion, yes, despite slow points, it does stand the test of time.

Certain scenes, such as the "Brontasaurus" devouring the slowest of the fleeing sailors, and his high-pitched death wail, would haunt the MooCow's nightmares for decades.

Besides that, it's just a damn entertaining movie.

They may look pretty amateurish to today's standards, but I'm sure they were an amazing accomplishment for the time, and must have been stunning to the film's original audience!

Not only is it a technical marvel, full of innovation and unfathomable effort, it's also one of the most exciting adventure tales ever.

There are two types of classics: those that are timeless because of their strong acting, relatable characters, and enduring stories and those that people remember as being significant but are dated by unnatural performances, undeveloped characters, and pointless narratives.

Andrew Lesnie's cinematography looks stunning, and the movie is generally full of stunning backgrounds and set designs.

Is the adventure, special effects or drama riveting?

the movie ends with a trite, pithy one liner!...

Each scene leads you to wonder at the next, nothing is given away too soon or too late, the storytelling is precise and suspenseful.

Not only the image of the movie's grand finale is still one of the most powerful scenes in cinema, but this movie effectively created a legend out of the sad story of its title character and the exciting adventure that took him to New York.

Anyway, even though this movie was made in 1933 it still amazed me on how it was done and is also exciting.

What's fascinating though, is the intricacy of the scenes, the predatory wagging of the T-Rex tail as he does battle with Kong, the flow of blood from the dead beast's head, the appearance of the scavenging prehistoric vulture feasting on the body.

Alas Fay got stuck forever with that role, and most of the time, she played scream queens, but, she did a terrific job here, and that only matters), only to capture the ape and brought him to New York (an excellent ground for one of the most thrilling endings in the history of cinema).

I still find much of the special effects compelling despite the advances that have been made.

But this selfish cruelty effected as an unexpected pathos, and made this movie a forever masterpiece.

The story opens somewhat banal, with Robert Armstrong as the shifty showman recruiting a bunch of macho seamen and one stunningly beautiful actress to sail out for a supposedly big project.

All equally worth watching.

Armstrong's hamming it up grows tiresome very quickly.

Many remakes of King Kong have been done but, naturally, they all pale in comparison to this truly thrilling original classic.

I had planned to go to the cinema to see the new version but just found out that it lasted for three hours which is far too long for someone who's addicted to caffeine and nicotine .

It really kept me on the edge of my seat.

The worst movie that I have seen in a long time.

Promoter Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) is embarking on a fantastic voyage, and as the viewer tags along, all concerned are about to undergo a harrowing and exciting adventure.

The stop-motion animation is stunning, particularly in the fight with the dinosaur (watch for Kong's curiosity over the broken jaw) and the struggle with the tyrannosaurus rex.

And they do bring it to life because once the camera crew lands at Skull Island, the events flow smoothly and the most entertaining part of the tale begins.

The log scene is the exciting part.

From the ancient, wonderful creatures Kong battles on his island to the complete terror he brings to New York to the thrilling, genuinely touching finale, this film is absolutely one of the all-time greats.

King Kong is undeniably a fascinating piece of Americana.

And of course when he finally does make his appearance, the movie gets all the better, exciting adventurous, not in the least thanks to its fine early special effects.

As loathe as I am to finally admit it, "King Kong" is unwatchable (except for its cute little stop-motion segments, and they, only for academic value), unless we ignore practically every element which made it what it was.

Half the movie talking predictable nonsense (never knew that was possible), the other half screaming her head off.