Genre Guesstimation – King Kong (1933)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Barry of Cinematic Catharsis and we will be reviewing our favorite Nature Gone Berserk Movies.

Mother Nature usually takes care of us, with all the oxygen we can breathe, water we drink and cute bunnies we can pet, but what happens when she gets angry? Watch her unleash floods, earthquakes, volcanoes and animals gone mad.

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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Barry!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Nature Gone Berserk Movies.

“It’s money and adventure and fame. It’s the thrill of a lifetime and a long sea voyage that starts at six o’clock tomorrow morning.” – Carl Denham

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Aug 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A filmmaker goes on a journey to a secret tropical island in order to film some of the most extraordinary creatures in the world but doesn’t count on a gigantic ape falling ion love with his female lead which causes many problems.

My Take on it – This is a film that I surprisingly have never seen despite the fact that it’s a movie that is talked about and imitated so much.

I have seen numerous remakes of the film and parodies of it also, yet never sat down to watch the original and see whether is truly is the piece of genius that so many people claim it to be.

This is such an amazing story that is able to capture the feel and look of the fabled story even though it was made during the early days of film.

The special effects of the film are quite good especially given the fact that they used primitive methods to make things look real.

The effects help enhance the story because they show how even in those days, they knew how to work movie magic when bringing creatures to life that allows the story to move forward from a realistic perspective.

There is really no question in my mind as to which version of this story is the best because they manage to get this one to work on so many different levels.

As many of you already know, I am generally not a fan of remakes and even in this case the story here works so well that there doesn’t even feel the need to have it remade with more modern technology, because the base story is essentially the same.

The story that they tell here is quiet timeless and it could work in any place or time period that one chooses to place it and this could be one of the reasons that it has been remade so often.

They get so much right here and present the story so well throughout.

I’m still quite shocked that it took me so long to finally see this masterpiece of film making and I can’t wait to see it again.

Bottom Line – Amazing story that is able to capture the feel and look of things despite the fact that it was made in the early days of film. The special effects are a bit tame for this kind of film yet manage to capture the right feel and look that is needed in order to make this story work.  Now that I’ve seen this, there is no question about which version of this film is the best.  This sentiment shows that even remakes with better special effects can’t always surpass the work of the original. The story told is a timeless one that works no matter what time period or place this story takes place in and they get so much right in the way that this story is presented to us.  Can’t believe that I waited so many years to watch this unbelievable film. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Merian C. Cooper’s first vision for the film, was of a giant ape on top of the world’s tallest building, fighting airplanes. He worked backward from there, to develop the rest of the story. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Most definitely! Amazing story that works on so many levels and despite it’s primitive use of special effects shines the whole way through.

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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5 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – King Kong (1933)

  1. There aren’t many movies I like more than King Kong. Maybe NONE.

    I saw it for the first time when I was about five (circa 1970) and Channel 4 (out of Indianapolis) showed it every Thanksgiving for a while. So I probably saw it at least four five times before I was 12. I’m sure I’ve seen it 25 to 30 times over the years.

    And it never gets old! Some of the movies I watch over and over get a little stale, so I’ll take a few years and not watch it. (Casablanca got that way for me for about ten years.)

    But I watch King Kong every other year and I ALWAYS LOVE IT!

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