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4.0 out of 5 stars 'SON' ARRIVES.........9 MONTHS LATER!
Though in no way can this compete in any way with the dynamic chills and melodramatic thrills of it's illustrious predecessor, this just-over-an-hour-long quickie works well enough, if simply classed within it's own terms: ie a non-fat, efficient comic-strip diversion of a movie.

Some fantasy fans deride this film, [KONG junior is a white albino, and a 'mere'...
Published on 1 Jun 2008 by R. Smith

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3.0 out of 5 stars No Crown for this Kong
The Son of Kong was famously billed as `A Serio-Comic Phantasy,' with the emphasis on the comic. Thrown together quickly and cheaply and released the very same year as the original, it's not quite as terrible as its reputation but it is terribly conventional, with none of the original's mythic qualities - a 12-foot gorilla on an island just isn't the same as a 40-foot one...
Published on 15 April 2010 by Trevor Willsmer


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'SON' ARRIVES.........9 MONTHS LATER!, 1 Jun 2008
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R. Smith "droogzilla" (scotland.) - See all my reviews
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Though in no way can this compete in any way with the dynamic chills and melodramatic thrills of it's illustrious predecessor, this just-over-an-hour-long quickie works well enough, if simply classed within it's own terms: ie a non-fat, efficient comic-strip diversion of a movie.

Some fantasy fans deride this film, [KONG junior is a white albino, and a 'mere' 12 feet tall]which is often played for laughs, and many of the original KONG cast members [excluding WRAY] are present and correct, and unlike most sequels, this actually feels like a legitimate continuation of the original saga-----with the overall atmosphere and technique wholly consistent with 'KING KONG'.

The lesser budget shows, however,and NOBLE JOHNSON'S witchdoctor appearence is brief and unimpressive compared to the splendid spectacle of the original. Armstrong's role is expanded, however, with good use put to hard-boiled, cynical wisecracks, especially in the first half, which is esentially build-up.

The film really shifts into gear around mid-point, and from here on, excellent dimensional special effects come to the fore, with mini-KONG battling a bear and a sea-serpent-like beast. There isn't a great deal of WILLIS O'BRIEN'S trademark characteristics on show here, and reportedly he wasn't too enamored with the overall concept, and rarely discussed this movie at all in later years [tragically, around this time, his wife experienced severe mental problems, and shot dead WILLIS' two young sons, before failing to shoot herself]; and the bulk of the actual animation [which works fine]was apparantly undertaken by BUZ GIBSON and others.

There features an early example of a climatic volcano eruption, which is skilfully handled.T here is a very tragic ending.

Helen Mack looks nothing like FAY WRAY, but retains a sprightly, smouldering charm, even if she appears too young for the middle-aged DENHAM'S love interest.

All in all, a vital, compeling fantasy, somewhat scaled down from the magnificent original, but excellent viewing for monster movie fans, and of the KONG saga in particular. Y ou won't be disappointed, as long as you are not looking for a re-run of 'KING KONG.'
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4.0 out of 5 stars Albino Baby Kong., 17 Mar 2014
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Son of Kong [DVD] (DVD)
The Son of Kong is directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack and written by Ruth Rose. It stars Robert Armstrong, Helen Mack, Frank Reicher, John Marston, Victor Wong and Edward Brady. Music is by Max Steiner and cinematography by Edward Linden.

The makers wisely realised that to try and emulate King Kong would be folly, especially as this sequel was hurried out within the same year. Instead a more fun approach was taken, and as a result it’s not half bad entertainment as it happens.

After the devastation caused to New York by King Kong, lawsuits are abound for Carl Denham (Armstrong). So when he gets the chance to go out on the ocean again with Captain Englehorn (Reicher), he grabs the chance. There’s no plans to go near Skull Island again, but a sequence of events will see them pitch up there, to be met by a myriad of creatures and The Son of Kong.

Little Kong is actually friendly, well to the humans he is because he is grateful to their help when he was stuck in quicksand. However, to other beasts of the island he is not so forgiving. For the first 33 minutes it’s all about setting up the action carnage later in the play, characters are introduced, their reasons for being out at sea and etc. Then we get to the island and off we go. Kong scraps with dinosaurs, a bear, lizards and mother nature! The castaways are in the mix as well of course, and naturally they are thrust into a perilous life and death situation.

And that’s it, barely 70 minutes have passed by and it’s nigh on impossible not to be smiling come the close. 7/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Regular DVD Buyer, 23 Nov 2012
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I have always been a fan of these films & have seen this once before, but never forgot it
I wanted to buy it for so long, but could never find it in Region 2 format.
The film is still as enjoyable now as it was then. Thank you
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3.0 out of 5 stars No Crown for this Kong, 15 April 2010
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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The Son of Kong was famously billed as `A Serio-Comic Phantasy,' with the emphasis on the comic. Thrown together quickly and cheaply and released the very same year as the original, it's not quite as terrible as its reputation but it is terribly conventional, with none of the original's mythic qualities - a 12-foot gorilla on an island just isn't the same as a 40-foot one in New York. Cannily realising that audiences' sympathies had been firmly with Kong, they play up the cute angle this time round but sadly Kong Jr is a particularly moronic creation, a comic simpleton whose sole defining characteristic is supposedly adorable stupidity, even shrugging at the camera at one point.

The initial set-up is fun, finding Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) in hiding from an army of process servers disguised as peddlers, blind men and street musicians and facing indictment for the millions of dollars of damage that Kong has done to New Yorkers and their city. Heading for the Indies with Frank Reicher's Captain Englehorn and Helen Mack's bad singer (her father had, you guessed it, a monkey act), only to be cast adrift off the shore of Skull Island after their literally Bolshie crew mutiny ("Row, ya blasted bourgeois. Ya got a nice day for it!"). But unlike the original, this is all set up - and pretty ambling setup at that - and little payoff. By the time they save the not-so big lummox from quicksand and earn his undying devotion, the film's two-thirds over. Monsters are thin on the ground, with only a large bear and a dragon getting much screen time in the inevitable but not that exciting fights with the white g'rilla, with a sea monster and a triceratops only making brief appearances before the island starts to sink in an earthquake, with Junior making the ultimate sacrifice to save his new friends. The effects aren't as detailed or the models as good this time round (though it is amusing to spot a background plate of birds in the jungle that later turned up in the party scene in Citizen Kane), and there's a distinct backlot feel to it all. No crown for this Kong, I'm afraid. But then they do say that children of famous parents rarely live up to expectations...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely charming, 14 April 2014
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I found The Son of Kong to be an utterly charming capture of the social stereotypes, societal interests and film-making abilities and the 1930s. It is short snapshot of a bygone era, both in terms of the age of its production and in terms of its subject matter. Farcical at times, bewitching at others and downright patronising a few times too! Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Son Of Kong! "rather a surprising good sequel for its time!"., 8 Jan 2014
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Okay,this is very short,i think runs at about 67 minutes,but as follow ups go its not bad at all.You try cramming everything thats here into an hour now.To make a movie so soon after the original,1933,9 months later,Son of Kong comes up trumps if you ask me.I saw this as a kid and loved it and even now is still worth the watch.A return to skull island to find hidden treasure ends up to be the finding of the original King Kongs offspring.Monsters and the same as before with again a sad ending,but this has held up the test of time and is worth having as a sequel to the original and Robert Armstrong returns in his original role from the first movie.Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the son of kong dvd was fantastic my mother loved it, 23 Dec 2013
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I brought th son of kong dvd movie for my mum she watched this movie on tv and loved it so I brought it she thought the dvd was fantastic she hasn,t stop watching it ever since I brought it for her
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