King Kong for the Older and Younger Generations

        The movie King Kong (1933), directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, is a great piece of American history. The movie does not have a lot of history in it; however, the movie itself if a great part of our history. King Kong has become one of the most watched movies of our time, and is known and watched by many generations. Not only does this movie speak to people who were alive at the time this movie was made, but it speaks to the younger generations also.

        This movie is a classic movie of love, deception, danger, and heroism. In this movie Ann Darrow (Fay Wray), is tricked into starring in a movie that ends up with a very dangerous ending. While she believes that she is just going to be starring in a regular movie, the director, Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong), has different plans to make this a better movie. Denham is not sure what, but there is something on a remote island that is scaring the natives. We later find out that this something is indeed "Kong."

        After Darrow is sacrificed by the natives and captured by "Kong." the adventure begins in earnest. Denham, John Driscoll (Bruce Cabot) and many others go looking for Darrow in hopes of saving her. Eventually one by one almost all of the rescue party is attacked and killed by "Kong" or other creatures (dinosaurs). Driscoll sends Denham back for more help while he continues on to find and help Darrow. Once he finds her, he outsmarts "Kong"; and the two of them escape and run toward the big door dividing the people from the huge ape.

        By the end of the movie "Kong" is captured and taken back to New York City and put on display for the entire world to see. However, he breaks loose and goes on a search of the city for his love Ms. Darrow. He finally finds her and carries her to the top of the Empire State Building. At this time there are many planes trying to get him down and away from the actress. In the end of the movie "Kong" is finally defeated, and the city is brought back to the way it should be.

        While the movie is an actual historical piece of work, it has outlived many contemporary forms of cinema. This is truly a classic worth watching over and over again.

Elizabeth Barrett

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