Thursday, 9 October 2014

King Kong (1933) Movie Review

 (fig 1, original poster)
King Kong (1933) is a story about destruction and a creature dragged from its original habitat to the urban jungle of New York. The film follows an adventurous film-making crew that travels to a distant and unknown island. Created by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack.
There is a sense of naiveté while watching this classical film. From the captain that receives the map for their destination, while on the ship, to the beautiful actress that starts a journey, not exactly knowing what is her part in it, and many more, but there is also a sense of depth to the movie, and the viewer is somehow engaged with the plot.
 (fig. 2 still form the film) (, 2013)
Figure 2 is probably one of the most famous images in cinema, doesn’t matter of the viewers’ age, everyone can recognise the giant ape on top of the empire state building.
R. Ebert states: “But "King Kong" is more than a technical achievement. It is also a curiously touching fable in which the beast is seen, not as a monster of destruction, but as a creature that in its own way wants to do the right thing.” (Ebert, 2002).
The technical complexity of the film is also noted by the New York Times: “Through multiple exposures, processed "shots" and a variety of angles of camera wizardry the producers set forth an adequate story and furnish enough thrills for any devotee of such tales.” (, 2014)
The stop-motion animation still looks really good and the many layers of almost every shot in the film give a great sense of depth and a need to explore this uncharted territory.
 (fig. 3) (, 2013)
In figure 3 is demonstrated the hard work of designers and film producers. Created in three layers of a painting at the background, a model in the midground and a real scene as the foreground, an incredible and fantastical space was created, truly believable and encouraging the viewer to believe in what they see.
In conclusion, states that the film is “The greatest and most famous classic adventure-fantasy (and part-horror) film of all time(, 2014) with which every viewer can agree. The level of detail in every shot is overwhelming and inspiring, even now, decades later.
Fig. 1 -, (2014). King Kong (1933). [online] Available at: [Accessed 9 Oct. 2014].
Fig. 2 -, (2013). Giant Monsters Among Us: King Kong 1933. [online] Available at: [Accessed 9 Oct. 2014].
Fig. 3 -, (2013). Giant Monsters Among Us: King Kong 1933. [online] Available at: [Accessed 9 Oct. 2014].
Ebert, R. (2002). King Kong Movie Review & Film Summary (1933) | Roger Ebert. [online] Available at: [Accessed 9 Oct. 2014]., (2014). Movie Review - King Kong - A Fantastic Film in Which a Monstrous Ape Uses Automobiles for Missiles and Climbs a Skyscraper. - [online] Available at: [Accessed 9 Oct. 2014]., (2014). King Kong (1933). [online] Available at: [Accessed 9 Oct. 2014].


  1. Hi Vlad!

    Something seems to have happened with some of your is black on black!

    You have touched on some pertinent points here...maybe you could have had a bit of a discussion around the differences in expectation in the audience then and now; the racial imagery perhaps, or the portrayal of the woman as a screamer?

  2. Hm, I'll try and fix the funny font, i think it's because i use wordpad and the formatting goes mental when i paste it on the blog..
    Good ppint about the further discussion, i thought the film includes a lot of archetypes that seem offensive today.
    Point taken, thank you for your feedback :)

  3. Hey, I think your font problem is just where you have copied and pasted stuff into your post which counteracts the auto settings of your blog, so to correct it you just have to select those bits or all of the text and change it to white (although you won't be able to see it yourself at that moment it should correct it fine when it's published

  4. Hi there,

    It's really important that first years a) follow the group blog as a matter of habit and b) follow the blogs of year 2 and year 3 students, because we know that, by doing so, year 1 students develop more quickly and get more organised. You might have done all this already, but I know there are those who have not, and I'm keen to get everyone up to speed.

    If you haven't done so already, you need to add these to your Blogger reading list, by clicking on the 'ADD' button on your dashboard, pasting in the URLs and then 'following pubically'.

    Group Blog (You must be following this/checking this feed daily at least).

    Year 2

    Year 3

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