Wednesday, June 15, 2011

King Kong 1933 movie

If you haven't seen it:
King Kong 1933 is a fun exciting monster movie, the result of a collaboration between co-producers and directors Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack (both real-life adventurers and film documentarians) and special effects genius Willis O'Brien.

Fay Wray stars as Anne Darrow, a penniless New Yorker who is persuaded by the smooth talking Carl Denham to star in a movie filmed on a mysterious island in the Indian Ocean. Once they reach the island though, they find themselves fighting off dinosaurs, sea monsters, hostile natives, and the giant gorilla Kong.

King Kong 1933 was a huge hit, breaking box office records, and was re-released many times. It was remade in color in 1976 starring Jessica Lange and Jeff Bridges, to mixed reviews. It was remade again more successfully in 2005 by Peter Jackson (director of The Lord of The Rings), this time with a record-breaking $207 million budget. Peter Jackson was famously a huge fan of the original movie, and this shows - his remake is virtually a homage to the 1933 version. Many scenes and sets are faithfully reproduced, and the resemblance between Faye Wray and Naomi Watts is quite striking. Fans of the recent remake will find much to enjoy in the original.

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