On March 2, 1933 King Kong barged into New York and the canon. Yes, the canon. As with Shakespeare or Dickens, you have to know Kong to appreciate what came after it, properly.
Sure, the special effects in older films can be hard to watch today, and sometimes the acting too. But such films as Kong and Dracula inspired the next generation of directors and so on down to our own day.
This tale of a mighty, doomed giant ape, bestial yet oddly noble, was an instant classic, worthy of endless imitation and satire.
And we will enjoy today’s movies more if we can see Kong with fresh eyes.