Sakamoto Reviews’s review published on Letterboxd:
Fay Wray is the real eighth wonder of the world😍😍😍
King Kong is the movie. This is arguable the first kaiju (giant monster) movie. And it’s American mf 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸. After being captured King Kong wreaks havoc in New York City looking for the woman he loves.
Acting is hard to judge by these older movies. They hardly emote enough for me to be invested but at the same time they're not terrible and I'm not not invested in the roles. I'm in love with Fay Wray though.
Look, I’m not an SJW or anything but I gotta level, the racist allegories in this movie are pretty apparent. The truth is I’m not condemning this movie or the filmmakers because I understand why, it was a different world and our knowledge of the world let alone each other was very thin and misguided. Also the mysogyny in this movie is kinda overboard but it's also kinda funny when you're drink with your roommates, mouth open like WTF.
The effects much like Godzilla are obviously outdated but the real question is does the story hold up? Ehhhhh there are some plot holes and some moments if just absurdity but regardless still extremely entertaining. How is Carl able to just build gas bombs? Why are there no legal repercussions to what he did? Why doesn't the captain turn back if he knows there's law trouble?
The first time I saw this movie I was at a screening at a local theater and was able to see it on the big screen and that was something! Honestly, not too much to say. Flawed? Extremely. Entertaining? Completely. A staple of film cinema that can, has and forever will live on in history.