""And now, ladies and gentlemen, before I tell you any more, I'm going to show you the greatest thing your eyes have ever beheld. He was a king and a god in the world he knew, but now he comes to civilization merely a captive - a show to gratify your curiosity. Ladies and gentlemen, look at Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World!"" ― Carl Denham introducing King Kong.
King Kong, or simply known as Kong, is the titular anti-heroic protagonist of the 1933 film of the same name, and the King Kong franchise.
He is particularly a legendary giant prehistoric gorilla who dwells on Skull Island, a tropical remote island inhabited by bizarre creatures and is known to be the last of his race, leaving him as the sole survivor on the island.
Why He/It Rocks
- The stop motion effects used for the formation and movements of the creature were absolutely ground breaking back in 1933 and they continue to remain impressive and wondering to this day.
- His character has immediately become one of the world's most famous movie icons ever created, too the point where he's influenced many future films, television and other forms of media.
- Being the giant ape he is, he's naturally incredibly powerful and has the strength of a literal dinosaur. He's shown to have gotten into battles with dinosaurs, a giant snake, a flying reptile and a freaking T. rex! That alone should demonstrate just how fearsome he is and how he's not to be messed with.
- He's another example of how appearances and actions can often be deceiving, hence all of the "Beauty and the Beast" motifs. Carl Denham -- famous for his jungle adventure films -- wanted to track down Kong and capture him to make him into a lead attraction. But even though the giant ape's seen as a monster of destruction, he's actually a perfectly innocent creature who just wants to do the right thing. He cares for his captive human female Ann Darrow, protects her, attacks only when provoked, and would be perfectly happy to be left alone on his Pacific Island. The various rage scenes are from Carl's greed and other forms of danger which provoked him. The only he killed all those African-Americans was because they had attacked him first and was just being defensive.
- Despite being portrayed as a mindless creature occasionally, he's actually shown to be far smarter than most people give him credit for. There's the battles with the large creatures with surprisingly clever tactics, and his human-like sensibilities and feelings toward humanity as a whole (with his lover Ann falling in a whole other category). Not to mention being able to break out of his chrome steel chains.
- His death scene involving planes shooting him down on the Empire State Building near the ending is absolutely depressing, mainly because of the misunderstood monster factor.