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September 19, 2017
Gorillas are my favorite animal when I saw this movie I liked the scenery as was the gorillas it looked so real and was cool, pretty good movie
August 20, 2017
Entertaining enough family fun.
August 17, 2017
Cute, but the nostalgia glasses were definitely thick on this film
May 7, 2017
A heart warming family friendly tale of a young girl who makes a promise to protect an especially intelligent ape.

This isn't King Kong, so don't expect it to be.
½ March 14, 2017
The film has cringeworthy dialogue, an unnecessary villain, and a weird storyline that is more about conservation than the original.

The 1949 original is a masterclass in stop motion effects and is more than just a King Kong ripoff many claim it to be and is the better film.

Charlize Theron does what she can with the terrible script but even an Oscar winner can't work miracles. Bill Paxton is as charming as ever but again, can't polish a turd.

I give this film a 3.5 star positive rating because of the spectacular special effects by Rick Baker and his team. I'm reviewing this in 2017 and the CGI, puppetry and animatronics still hold up better than other films from the era, nearly 20 years later.

Good for kids and people who enjoy top notch effects work. Wouldn't recommend if you don't care for the genre.
½ February 9, 2017
Beautiful and heartwarming! (First viewing - Early 1999 in theaters)
September 5, 2016
This was one of my favorite films as a child! The music & the cinematography is fantastic!
August 17, 2016
this is the fucking bestmovie ever
½ August 4, 2016
"Mighty Joe Young" may speak more adventure and thrills to younglings than to its adult audience. But apart from its somewhat innocense, it strikes you with every 80s-90s disaster movie cliches together with the Lost World climax and King Kongs abrupt ending.
½ August 3, 2016
This movie Mighty Joe Young (1998) was a good movie but not a great movie.
June 12, 2016
Pretty Motherfucking decent(for a Disney movie).....atleast the giant gorilla wasn't done in CGI!.....Curse you CGI!
February 27, 2016
Elvis is in the building.

A legendary fifteen foot tall and 3,000 pound gorilla is inadvertently discovered and several Americans are sent to find it and bring it back to the US. A woman sworn to protect the gorilla is initially reluctant to bring the gorilla to the US until she discovers who else may be after it. She will work with an American scientist to try and save the gorilla before it is captured by those who would sell it to the highest bidder.

"Looking for a legend? Why would I want to do that?"

Ron Underwood, director of Tremors, City Slickers, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, and episodes from the television series Scandal, Desperate Housewives, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, and Once Upon a Time, delivers Mighty Joe Young. The storyline for this picture is just okay and felt a little like King Kong mixed with Jurassic Park. The acting was okay and the cast includes Bill Paxton, Charlize Theron, Peter Firth, and Regina King.

"I'm not moving but my bowels are..."

I came across this on Showtime Anytime and thought it would be a good movie to watch with my daughter. She was relatively interested and loved the hide-and-seek scenes with Joe. However, there are some obvious King Kong rip-offs sprinkled throughout this. This was very average but is worth viewing once.

"Did you see the intelligence?"

Grade: C+
February 14, 2016
One of my favorite movies as a kid. My brother and I used to watch Mighty Joe Young all the time.
February 13, 2016
I like Mountain gorillas so I saw this movie I thought it was cool and funny. I like the scenery in this movie how it starts off in the jungle that was pretty interesting and it makes me want to visit the jungle. But it was a good movie.
November 21, 2015
This was one of my favorite films as a child! The music & the cinematography is fantastic!
½ June 20, 2015
A fairly typical style of a story, but it was still pretty decent and a good family film. The effects on the ape were well life like. I noticed there was an older version of this movie and said it was a "sequel" to king kong. A nice film by Disney. Cool gorilla too.
February 17, 2015
This is a typical Disney Studio's movie, and Walt himself would have been pleased with the results. Beautiful photography and some neat graphics make this an enjoyable family film although very predictable. It requires no thought to enjoy this flick and you come away feeling better. Is there really anything else to an entertaining movie.
February 5, 2015
I have never saw the original, but need to give that a look since I've watched this one when I was young back then. "Mighty Joe Young" is such a wonderful movie for kids and adults to enjoy. The special effects are really impressive for its combination of using practical and CGI. The direction by Ron Underwood is very well directed. Bill Paxton and Charlize Theron both gave such a terrific performance and made a great chemistry together. I also love James Horner's music, which I may notice some parts that made me think of his other score "Titanic." The movie does have its sad moments, and it works very effectively. I love this movie, and I say give it a look.
January 27, 2015
Joe Young is a big friendly gorilla.
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