King Kong is one of my all-time favorite movies. I’ve always wished I lived in a parallel universe where there was a whole string of equally-great sequels. Ah well. Peter Jackson’s version was fun but it was bloated and had some major flaws that hold it back (Jimmy the cabin boy, I’m lookin’ at you).
King Kong, the world’s most famous pop culture icon this side of Jesus, celebrates his 80th birthday this month. (Officially, it was on March 2nd, and you missed it. That’s OK – you wouldn’t have survived his ragin’ party.)
So much has been written/gushed about KK, that for me to try and add to his legend would be a great disservice to a great guy. (Anyone who can climb to the top of the Empire State Building and take a banana-scented crap on New York is tops in my book.)
Rather than clog this blog with Kong fun facts (tickets to the premier of his 1933 movie debut were .35 cents and .75 cents, which translates to $150 in today’s money), or to word barf on all the Kong knockoffs/rip-offs, I decided to just review his first movie and the two remakes. You’re welcome.
So raise a…
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