Tuesday, December 27, 2005

More King Kong analysis


We've had King Kong as racial stereotype, now it's a "metaphor for what society does to the sexes", according to Don Feder.


In a way, all men are King Kong: powerful, brooding, potentially destructive creatures waiting for a woman to touch our hearts and tame us.

And all women are Ann Darrow, simultaneously fragile and compelling, possessor of the magic to transform primitive males (monsters-in-waiting) into protectors and the builders of families and civilizations.

But, the movie seems to say, modernity can be the undoing of both. It seeks not to civilize but to shackle male instincts. It turns love into a sideshow attraction. It pulls men and women apart.

The marvels of man’s creation can attack and ultimately destroy us, spiritually, if not physically. The destroyers are an atomizing culture, the dogma of gender-sameness, entertainment that seduces, fragments and often perverts, and the deification of choice. These are the gods we sacrifice ourselves to.

Jackson’s "King Kong" is something quite different from the original and the 70's remake. Superficially, it thrills and delights. On another level, it’s a metaphor for what society does to the sexes.

When, at the end of the 3-hour movie, Black utters the closing line from the original – "It was beauty killed the beast" – we want to say: "No, beauty tamed him. It was society that killed him."
Look fellows, we just don't know whether King Kong would vote Republican or Democrat, alright? Sometimes a fifty foot ape is just a fifty foot ape.

Previous posts on King Kong:
King Kong = big black horny racial stereotype

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