Film Review: King Kong 1933
|Fig 1. King Kong Film Poster (1933)|
King Kong (1933) directed by 'Merian C. Coope'r and 'Ernest B'. Schoedsack is thought to be the Grandfather of all special effects films and movie blockbusters. This film was the summer blockbuster in 1933, and with what at the time high special effects that would shock and excite the audience. "King Kong was created to grip and thrill like no movie before, and these basic principles hold surprisingly true today." (Haflidason, 2001).
The plot of the film revolves around a Carl Denham and his film crew who go off to an undiscovered island to try and shoot a new moving picture. But while they are there, they meet what is known to be King Kong, who takes a liking to their star of the show.
|Fig 2. Vulnerable Ann Darrow|
|Fig 3. Fight Scene|
This suggests that Ann is being portrayed an object, like an object of desire rather than an actual person. This was common in the 1930s as woman were just house wife's and objects. Because the man of the house would go out and work or save the damsel in distress.
|Fig 4. Chinese cook|
|Fig 5. Kong in New York|
When the crew manage to capture Kong, bring him back to New York and present him as a show piece, by chaining him up this scene can remind more modern audiences who view this film of historiacal events such as the slave trade. Also how the slaves were forced to leave their homes and countries behind to slave away in a new country. Kong is that slave, he has been taken from his home and is no longer a king but a slave in ours.
Figure 1. King Kong Film Poster (1933) [poster] At: http://www.impawards.com/1933/king_kong.html (Accessed on 07.10.15)
Figure 2. Ann Darrow (1933) [image/ film still] At: http://kingkong.wikia.com/wiki/Ann_Darrow (Accessed on 20.10.15)
Figure 3. Fight Scene (1933) [Film still] At:http: //kingkong.wikia.com/wiki/Tyrannosaurus (Accessed on 20.10.15)
Figure 4. Chinese cook (1933) [film still] At: https://deadlymovies.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/countdown-to-halloween-unsung-heroes-of-horror-day-4-charlie-the-ships-cook-in-king-kong-1933/ (Accessed on 20.10.15)
Figure 5. Kong in New York [film still] At: http://www.horrordvds.com/community/threads/king-kong-1933.47174/ (Accessed on 20.10.15)
Haflidason, Almar (2001) Film Review King Kong 1933 At:http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2001/01/30/king_kong_1933_review.shtml (Accessed on 20.10.15)