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Son of Kong (1933)

Son of Kong (1933)

Country: USA

Director: Ernest B. Schoedsack

Main Stars: Robert Armstrong, Helen Mack, Frank Reicher

Storyline: The men who captured the original King Kong try to regain their reputation.

MV5BMTcxNjY2ODEwN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTI2OTE4MzE@__V1__CR52,50,1272,1948_SX214_AL_Review (Spoils): When Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) is hit hard with lawsuits over the damages that King Kong when he escaped and attacked New York he decides he better skip town. He gets it into his head why not head back the lost islands where he found the original King Kong. During this trip he grabs some shady crew and beautiful runaway Hilda (Helen Mack) who jump aboard because after her father’s murder she had nothing left to live for. Once the land on the Island of Kong they come across the Son of Kong who is not as large as his father and Denham feels he owes him and builds a friendship due to what happened to his bigger father. This leads to treasure, greed and backstabbing and of course the large ape.

We have some very poor dialogue, very emotionalise lines (like the scene after her father’s death), some cool animal battles and the climax ending in the water when the islands decides to sink. This film is not even close to the first one, actually really far away from it. The comical scenes of the ape are just dumb, the acting is poor and the reasoning behind the ending is really unexplained. The only good of the film was the creature battles and the musical scene of Hilda and the monkeys. The rest just stunk!

Rating: Very rushed, poor execute and the ape is was just silly and you could not connect with a creature that makes comical eyes. The friendly ape was just not entertaining and the really a bandage for the finger? The funny and wanna be comedy bits killed the film.

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3/10 Beers!




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King Kong (1933)

King Kong (1933)

Country: USA

Director: Merian C.Cooper, Ernest B.Shoedsack

Main Stars: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot

Storyline:  A film crew go to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and the come across a gigantic ape that kidnaps the blonde female movie star.

MV5BMTkxOTIxMDU2OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjM5NjQyMg@@__V1_SX214_Review (Spoils): Director Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong ) needs to finish his film and the perfect location for this would be Skull Island. They travel with the actors, actresses and crew to the island with no idea what to expect. What the find out is dinosaurs and a huge ape exist on the island. The gorilla falls in love with the main actress of the film Ann (Fay Wray) and captures her. They rescue her and capture the beast and bring him back to America. In America they try to display the ape as King Kong as a freak of nature. The beast escapes and takes Ann again and climbs the Empire State building where it falls to its fate.

Classic storyline as we all know. The special effects of this film are amazing for its time and I personal think this is still the best version of the film.

Rating: This is a classic film and still one of the best of film in general even outside the horror genre. If you have not seen this one and have only seen the Peter Jackson version do yourself a favour and check it out! The plane scene alone is well worth it.

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8/10 Beers!


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