Directed by: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
Starring: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot
I love this movie. It’s pure pulpy goodness, like some sort of hard-to-drink glass of orange juice that is still somehow about a giant ape. See, this is why I’m not a metaphorologist.
A filmmaker learns about an undiscovered island where a monster of some sort lives, and he’s gonna bring a random woman he finds on the street to lure it out so he can film it! His plan goes exactly as planned, and the giant ape (“Kong”, as the natives call him) captures this woman and takes her back to a cliff, fighting off a billion dinosaurs along the way. One of the sailors on the crew of the boat that brought them to the island goes after the woman and rescues her, then as Kong follows them, the filmmaker knocks him out with gas bombs. Obviously he brings the ape back to New York to show him off, and just as obviously Kong breaks free and goes on a rampage.
King Kong is a goddamn classic film with special effects that were amazing 80 years ago. It looks goofy as crap now, of course, because that’s what happens to movies mostly about showcasing special effects. Still, it’s a fun jungle adventure film that’s still well-known today, which is interesting because the “jungle adventure” genre is all but gone nowadays, but it was HUGE back in the 30’s and 40’s.