Thursday, 4 November 2010

Review Of 'King Kong'

King Kong movie PosterWhen sitting back and taking a look at the original King Kong of 1933. I find myself struggling to be happy with it. Not due to the film visuals or the acting capabilities. But to the actual underlying message which let be honest is a disgrace to the thought of man prior to the 1960’s ‘equality’ movement. Yes, when watching the idea of a big black gorilla taking a beautiful blonde Caucasian female his captive. I feel nothing but shame to the actual fact the film display nothing more than a racial message to its viewers. Leaving the viewers of the present day to sit on the fence to whether the film is classic or not and yet I feel almost possessed say that the films embarks on a vision far more advanced than the time it was created in. King Kong without doubt was an incredible feat displaying many characteristic, which are seen in recent fantasy, adventure films. Not to mention being the pinnacle of stop motion animation. 

Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedack depict the story of a highly adventurous director ‘Carl Denham’ who comes across a map to an unexplored island. Whilst bordering for the voyage Carl comes across ‘Ann Darrow’ immediately taking her as the actress/heroine within his film and inviting the naive woman on a perilous journey to Skull Island. From here out the film takes a breathtaking turn of events filling us with excitement and anticipation for every scene, as like an unfortunate herd of deer wandering into a pack of wolves. The expedition part y runs into one trouble after another – be it the local native tribe, Pre-historic creature or even quite simple King Kong himself whilst in keeping with the main the storyline and the underlying tone of ‘Heroism for love’. The epic therefore shows nothing more than compassion in which we as human share with one another - be it metaphorically in the case of the Gorilla or as painted out by the first mate ‘John Driscoll’, dedication to find his new love and bring her back. Although ‘While King Kong is not hailed as a classic of narrative film, it was the one picture that made way, carved the path, for all modern day blockbusters. Love’em or hate’em, they owe everything to this cheeky monster-on-the-loose picture.’ - Keith Breese

Yet that is not the only advantage of this movie as we are introduce to yet a vast and expansive design show the true potential (at the time) for the future of film and especially environment. I beg you to look at the Jurassic park series and even James Cameroon’s box office smash which is Avatar and see how they have all copied the detailed vision of Skull island scenery. Although full of small models the scene are depicted as massive environment conquered by the large animals within. Without a shadow of doubt, displays the true potential of camera work and ingenuity. For the viewer it is without doubt a spectacle on which anyone can view and feel momentary disbelief at this feat of environmental engineering from the production team. As we the viewer delves into the ideology of Skull Island as if for real. For this reason ‘King Kong" defies such limited expectations because it was so ahead of its time. Willis O'Brien created impressive effects that were not only technically brilliant, but also highly imaginative in terms of cinematic action. The pace of the film is both fast and quite fluid. Max Steiner's music adds fantastic atmosphere (it also helped lay down some of the basic rules of motion pictures scoring)’.  - Almar Haflidason. In conclusion solidify this feature legend in world cinema.
Still its darkened expression portrayed, plagues the mind of present viewer as it portray nothing more than discrediting the love of a black man for blonde Caucasian. Without doubt feasible and allowed in 1933 cinema. The metaphor is at the forefront and shows us how what we believed in an early generation. Not to mention applying the main metaphor of a black man being unintelligent to sophisticate advances in current technology as implied with the tribe but also the muscle black portrayed as King Kong being nothing more than a sexual predator that thirsts for the flesh of a beautiful white woman. Thankfully Peter Jackson remake has updated policy and metaphor the original show how one sided cinema was at the time and identifies how we as individuals believed in those times.

Still without doubt King Kong is a masterpiece although with a dark past it remain a feat of 1930’s engineer and revolutionary FX to bring us closer to where we are now currently at. ‘The focusing on Kong's feelings for Ann gives the spectacle backbone, making it far more satisfying than busy updates like Jurassic Park (where the effects are stars but not characters). In the finale, King Kong delivers an image of supreme surrealism (a giant gorilla atop a skyscraper, buzzed by warplanes, clutching a blonde) that may be the greatest single image contributed by the movies to popular culture.’ - Kim Newman. Not to mention a revealing look at how to structure a natural environment in a way that the viewer can see and believe in its realism. Avatar - being a new compliment to Cooper’s and Schoedsack’s environmental creation. Making King Kong nothing more than a credible source for any upcoming directors and even viewed to learn about cinema. A must watch...period.

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