A Definitive Ranking Of The Women In The ‘King Kong’ Franchise

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There Is Only Room For One Lady In King Kong’s Heart!

Sure, the ‘King Kong‘ franchise is known for the titular giant ape but there’s a few other trademarks in his films. Every incarnation features a women, played by a great actress, who somehow becomes the center of Kong’s world.

It all starts in 1933 with Fay Wray as Ann Darrow, the girl who King Kong took to the top of the Empire State building became an infamous role. Jessica Lange played a similar role named Dwan in the 1976 remake. Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake brought Ann Darrow back but this time it was played by Naomi Watts. This brings us to 2017 where Brie Larson will be taking on a similar role named Mason Weaver in ‘Kong: Skull Island‘.

Each of these women play a major part in Kong’s life but who means the most?

Let me know if you agree with my list in the comments!

Brie Larson

Kong

Brie Larson is the new girl on the block but she still packs a punch. The odd thing, she’s one women that Kong isn’t completely obsessed with. Sadly, it makes Larson’s character more forgettable. Her acting is fine but she doesn’t have impact of the ladies before her. Maybe, she’ll be back for ‘Kong: Skull Island‘ sequel.

Jessica Lange

Kong

If only the movie around Jessica Lange was better. We know Lange is a powerful actress but with this being her first film, she didn’t really come into her own yet. It might be the bad movie or the fact Kong plays with Lange’s breast in a deleted scene but it’s hard to get behind this performance and the ’76 remake.

Fay Wray

Kong

The original just misses out on the top spot. Fay Wray invented this role, shaping a generation of damsel in distresses. Wray is known as one of the first scream queens in horror and this performance is the reason why! Her interactions with Kong are stuff of legends and is constantly trying to be replicated.

Naomi Watts

Kong

This battle for first place was hard. Both Naomi Watts and Fay Wray play the same character but both bring something different. But in the end, Naomi Watts elevates Ann Darrow to another level. Maybe because 2005’s ‘King Kong‘ is beautifully directed but there’s added layers to this role that wasn’t there with Wray.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Naomi Watts is a good actress but the added layers in the 2005 KING KONG padded it up to over 3 freaking hours. The original KONG is a pure monster 1930’s film directed by Cooper and Schoesack at a lightning pace. They knew how to tell a story on film like so many of the old time directors did. Fay Wray was a silent film actress who brought with her to KONG a bigger than life characterization as well as unforgettable screams. She will always be Ann Darrow. KING KONG doesn’t need complex characters. It isn’t Hamlet.

    Jackson’s version was an homage with good things in it, but it is mostly an ego trip with some massive miscasting and a terrible script with an awful and pointless subplot with Jimmy and the captain. Watching Watts do cartwheels in front of Kong just reminded me of Mighty Joe Young instead. Weak.

    • I absolutely agree with your assertion that King Kong’s characters don’t need to be complex, because they don’t. They only need to perform their primary role which in Ann Darrow’s (or Dwan) case is to be the love interest of Carl Denham and Kong. For my money no one performed that role better than Jessica Lange.

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