Jason and the Argonauts Reviews
Basically, you subtract the original trilogy and this is quite easily one of the most spectacular special FX movies of all time (back during the era especially). With incredible stop-motion cinematography done by the one and only Ray Harryhausen, the creatures and villans depicted in this film fit nicely with their movements compared to other stop-motion FX films. I didn't get a ton out of this film at first, but as I got to know Harryhausen thereafter, it became clear that stop-motion mixed with real life was more common and popular then I had thought (the 1933 King Kong is another such example). An epic mythological film overall.
The movie doesn't overdo itself as it ends about twenty minutes earlier than where it could have stopped. You see what you need to see while other things are merely implied. Just like in The Dark Knight Rises where you know Christian Bale ends up happily ever after with Anne Hathaway, you know exactly what's going to happen when Jason gets his hands on that golden fleece. The film takes you on a good ride then drops you off at just the right place.
Jason and the Argonauts does a great job of taking itself seriously which can be hard to do when dealing in the fantasy genre at times. As much as I thoroughly enjoyed it, I do have to address one scene that made me roll my eyes a bit however. Towards the end of the movie, King Aeetes is chasing Jason and his remaining argonauts as they are fleeing. They come to a cliffside where King Aeetes does this long speech then releases demons from the underwold or something of that nature. There was a long pause, maybe like ten or fifteen seconds, where Jason is just standing there watching things unfold and I'm thinking, "Seriously? You've run from all the other dangers up to this point and NOW you want to sit around and wait?" Pretty small in the grand scheme of the movie but it annoyed me nonetheless.
Jason and the Argonauts is the story of a man who goes on a great adventure for a powerful artifact so he can get revenge for the murder of his father and take his rightful place as king. A great movie to cut your teeth on if you are trying to expand your movie culture beyond the last three decades. I give it a well-deserved 99.
The story of Greek Myths & Fantasy Creatures the plot is surprisingly solid but the film lags in the mid section.
Some extraordinary visual concepts most notable is the dead skeletons coming to life. An entertaining Mythic Epic with some great effects.
There were plenty of other movies of this caliber at the time, but as said before, this isn't about the plot. It's all about the special effects and the last twenty minutes or so.
(though I wish they would have at least had Jason return to Greece)