(87) Though its exemplary special effects have aged, and its tongue-in-cheek chauvanisms have certainly aged even more, King Kong is not only an important landmark in cinema history but an entertaining slice of action cinema even today. Cooper and Rose pack sequences with a Stegosaurus, Brontosaurus, T-Rex, Pterodactyls, and a giant snake – along with the destruction of a village and a climactic rampage in NYC – into a hearty 104-minute run-time (overture included). Of the various remakes and sequels, none can wrest the crown from the original King Kong.
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