Mighty Joe Young Reviews
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?"
Mighty Joe Young
While not seeing the original yet--although I plan to soon--I can't compare the two. But all I know is that I really enjoyed this film. I was 9 when it was released and hadn't watched it until just now. I have to say that I wish I had grown up with this movie. It's a great family film! It's predictable even when you think they might stray away from it--but it's good clean fun that never becomes too apparent that it's catering to the children. Although the script may not be the strongest, it will do just fine. I wish the characters had been a little deeper, but other than that I think it serves its purpose. Charlize Theron is great and the scene where Joe terrorizes Hollywood is well worth the price of admission. Add the beautiful scenery and the more-than-acceptable effects for 1998, and it's an easy movie to like! Apparently a little TOO easy for some.
Twizard Rating: 89