King Kong (1933)

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A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star. Then he’s captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition. (IMDb)

The stop-motion animation–remarkable for its time–remains effective even now; at the very least, its spectacular ambition must be lauded, as three battles with fellow animal giants are added to Kong’s famed New York escapades (the panorama of him climbing the Empire State building is a standout shot), though it prevents the story’s intriguing themes of greed and anthropocentrism from fully developing (Denham’s ambition is captured well but his foolishness is dismissed in an “all’s well” ending).

6.9/10

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