Now I mentioned the sound earlier. As strong as the film may have been visually, it is at least as good audibly. The soundtracks works really well and the sound effects do so as well. I am especially thinking about the scene when King Kong is playing with Darrow and poking her. We have to keep in mind that sound was still really new during that era, but taking that into account, it is even way more impressive what they did here. A joy to listen to. Now about the visual side. King Kong looks amazing, there is no denying. I won#t go into detail about that, but they did a marvellous job with depicting the title character. Annd not just him. There are also many dinosaur(-like) creatures in this movie. I am referring to the one the crew meets early and how they kill him was for me at leastg as heartbreaking as how they kill King Kong eventually. And then there are those that attack Barrow and fight vs. King Kong afterwards. This includes a really strong raptor, the very evil version of Nessie (a gigantic sea snake) and a not so threatening flying dinosaur. I am genuinely surprised though thatg Barrow survived the latter's attack without wounds as seemingly he had his claws deep inside her. Here and there, there are other moments that don't seem too realistic, but it's easy to forgive and forget about them given the film's overall quality. This is definitely closer to a 4 out of 5 than a 2 out of 5. I had a pretty good time seeing this film. It is also telling how the name King Kong is really a brand nowadays and we almost forget that his real name is Kong only. I know I did. What else can I add? Oh yeah, the fact that this movie here is ironically actually almoist the film they were making in this movie. There is a big creature entertaining the masses, there is a romance story, a (mostly) helpless female actress at the center of it all and the creature here is used for human greed and entertainment purposes. Certainly not as extreme as it is in the film. How they used the Empire State Building in the final sequence is pretty memorable though, especially for New Yorkers. A few more words on the great use of the Beauty vs. Beast story line. Actually, this film is a better Beauty and the Beast movie than some films that are named like this. There is a reference early on when they are still making fun of it with the future husband besing described as a beast, but he refers to himself as beauty and Wray as the beast ironically. This is the only reference that does not include Kong though. Also at the very end, there is that quote that beauty killed the beast and well on the one hand you could agree because had he not followed the female protagonist, then he would have stayed safe in his jungle. On the other hand, if you see beauty as nature and Kong sure is an impressive representative of nature, then beast is humanity here and beast killed the beauty and honestly I almost like this explanation more than the other. Even if we should not forget that Kong killed his fair share of humans too, but he mostly did it because he was worried about the one he loves and I was a bit surprised they included scenes like these, but I sure liked it because lets be honest if something like that is on the loose, then there's no way nobody gets killed. But well done on including these scenes, also slightly graphically. It's a disease mankind brought on themselves. Another scene I found memorable is when Kong is in the theater near the end and he has to witness Wray's character right in front of him and of course he thinks she is in danger. And manages to get free despite his metal chains. Another metaphor for how beauty and nature cannot be tamed, only suppressed and killed. And to sum it all up, I mentioned it already, but I also want to say that this is a defining prehistoric movie without a doubt for me, one that does not get mentioned too often in the context of Jurassic Park etc. despite certainly not being inferior. Astrong achievement with great depth that will impress you, make you wonder, make you think and make you laugh. Go check it out.
The really anti-woman thing here isn't really the sex scenes. It is basically how all these female characters were written, especially the scientist I mentioned earlier and after what we find out about her, she is more like a lunatic or person with many disorders than really somebody who is a scientist. If that is supposed to be the definition of strong female character writing in Bethmann's universe, then that is a sad state of affairs. By the way said island seems to be rather small and same applies to the prison I guess as we constantly see the same people regardless of if we are talking about inmates or guards. It is also of course a very violent movie. Unless you're hardened up, stay away. The toughest scenes to see may be thos when we see a rotten corpse filled with maggots out there, of course this had to be included twice, a woman being shot off her entire head, several counts of rape, how one woman gets basically cut into pieces violently by a sadistic bald retarded butcher and so on. So a lot of blood in here for sure. But also there, it is not a realistic film. I mean when that woman near the end gets a knife through her forehead, a little bandage and she is basically fine again despite the heavy bloodshed until the scene I just mentioned continues. Now is there anything positive to say about the film? Maybe that on 2 or 3 occasions, there is some guilty pleasure potential. Like when we have one character randomly remove her upper clothes while talking about some devastating cries of pain and humiliation she hears from the room next door. Or the bald retarded butcher I mentioned already. Or how bad everything is really here and how very well aware they are, even if they do sound like having the intention to make a better film than this turned out to be. Also on a slightly positive note, the actresses here are more attractive than they usually are in films like this. Well, I don't know if you can really call them actresses as they are truly bad needs to be stated. Not that the men are any better. All in all, it is a disastrously weak outcome and I give it a big thumbs-down. The scenes outside are also not beautiful in terms of cinematography or so. It is a failure from start to finish and also way too long for its own good. Highly not recommended. Bethmann has not made a new film for a couple years now and looking at the horrendous quality here, one can only hope it stays that way. The fact that his work we have here is not going for forced happy ending and plot twists and a powerful female winner at the end (well there is one, but not the one you may expect or cheer for) is only keeping the film from being 100% garbage and even more unrealistic, but 98-99% isn't a good number either. Really don't watch.
Okay the references about Islam are not particularly smart I must say, but not really bad either. But as a whole, the film feels rather empty and the question if he is evil or not (just misguided) alone is not enough to carry the movie for 1.5 hours, even if I was curious about the final sequence telling us the answer. Well, they somehow did tell us the answer there, even if it was not 100% safe. I will spare you the details from the unnecessary spoiler perspective. But let me say that the idea that the mother and other sun chase him down at the station is pretty exaggerated with no police around and did not feel too realistic. Oh well, actually there is police around, namely one police officer who is clearly not ready to come with the situation and starts crying while Flint's character next to her gets the most stereotypical and unspired powerful woman approach. They really messed up there a theoretically fine ending. At least at its very core. Anyway, the rest of the cast is not too known. Ferydoni is really easy on the yes and has played in a few known films and series too, so maybe she is the third most famous actor in here. I did like Wölbern too, who gives an okay performance as a character that has very little to work woth. Generally the way police are depicted in here is pretty embarrassing and has little to do with reality. I mean when all of a sudden they really find the young man's ally, the French guy, now that was ridiculous. Or how they are too late etc. I think they also could have used police to come up with a better ending. For example it could have been interesting if the other guy (the Frenchie) had been an undercover agent or so, of course only with proper elaboration and build-up. Otherwise it would have been even worse. Overall, it is an average quality German television film where nothing stands really out and I wonder how this film would look like in the days of way over-the-top political correctness here in Germany if it had been made today. Probably there would be no mention specifically of Islam or so. But yeah, they just made it too easy for themselves with the video on his laptop, the mother suddenly cooperating with the police out of nowhere and also the end that I already wrote a lot about. Don't watch.