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King Kong (1976)

John Guillermin

King Kong the story,
is basically beauty and the beast,
And in the last few cinematic iterations –
A representation of man’s hubris and gluttony.
In this version we see youth (Bridges),
innocence & beauty (Lange),
And corporate greed overrun,
Into a catastrophic tragedy.
Rick Baker’s Kong,
gives the big guy some depth,
While Lange’s breakout performance,
Leaves viewers occasionally holding their breath
Rich, color cinematography,
offers what the old Kong can’t
But this version lacks the punch,
And is emotionally scant.
Not a critical favorite,
but maybe a cult, guilty pleasure
If you can hurdle the movie’s flaws,
It’s a fun ride, you have to stand back to measure.

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