Mighty Joe Young Reviews
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.
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