Mighty Joe Young
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It should have made Charlize Theron, who plays Jill Young, a big, big star, but instead, Charlize had to bumble on for a few more years before winning an Oscar.
James Horner's music outdoes his heart-wrenching symphonic themes for TITANIC, BRAVEHEART, and THE ROCKETEER, with a touch of African percussion and wood and wind instruments that bring the plains of Africa into mind whenever you hear them. Charlize has a lovely song, "Wind Song," sort of a lullaby for Mighty Joe, that should have been a hit on the scale of "MY HEART WILL GO ON." But somehow people just weren't interested in this picture. Maybe the forthcoming remake of KING KONG by Peter Jackson will have better luck with audiences. It will have more publicity, for sure, for I don't think the studio was really behind Ron Underwood to the same degree that New Line supports Jackson.
What a cast! Beyond Charlize and Bill Paxton, the movie also features Naveem Andrews (who plays Sayid on ABC's LOST) in a rather comic role, and also everyone's favorite REGINA KING from RAY.
If you liked AU HASARD BALTHAZAR by Robert Bresson, you will also enjoy MIGHTY JOE YOUNG the remake.
There is some violence in this movie, and smaller children may be frightened by "Joe" at first, but if they can control themselves through the first few minutes, they'll fall in love with him. There is very little, if any, foul language.
The story is simple: Girl and giant ape are moved to the city, girl and giant ape want out, man in love with girl helps, everyone ends up happy.
If you're interested, "Joe" looks fairly realistic, especially for the time this flick was made.
Overall, a good family show that all can watch. I highly recommend it for its entertainment value.
The black and white version of Mighty Joe Young wowed me back-when; might have to watch it again to see if I'm remembering correctly my inner-ten-year-old's experiences.
In 1998, this was a 4.5 star film. But all the audiences globally have evolved -- this is history, on the hoof, clomping inside each nervous system -- ain't no looking homeward angels to be found. Maybe in another 20 years, this work might become "cute" because of its "adorable" film errors. If I'm around, it might just be funzies to review this dynamic. I'll be 92 years old though. Don't count my having this as a concern. Heh.
This is an enchanting tale that will capture kids and adults alike, with its story of a giant gorilla that is taken to America to keep it "safe" away from poachers. But of course, things don't go as planned and a heart warming struggle to help Joe find safety and happiness ensues. It basically is an alternative telling of the King Kong story, but it does with grace and a charm that only Disney can provide. The beautiful Charlize Theron is perfect in her jungle woman role and works superbly alongside Bill Paxton. Although the effects still aren't perfect, they are the best gorilla effects I have seen in a movie; at least they don't make you cringe.
The sound and picture quality on the dvd are very good, but the extra features (or lack of them) lets down the film. An insight into the effects would have been good, but no, you have to make do with a poxy trailer and featurette. But don't let this put you off. And if you are the same as I was and are doubting whether you will like it, I urge you to give in. You too might be surprised.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Plot a little weak but excellent wok on Mighty Joe, ver good facial movemtnts!Published 5 days ago by Allen G Breault
Classic movie! I loved it as a kid and i wanted my daughter to enjoy it as well. She indeed loved it too. We now can add it to our movie collection. Read morePublished 1 month ago by TA010309
A warm hearted classic that brought all the females in my house to tears. Great movie for when they just need a good cry.Kleenex Ultra Soft & Strong Facial Tissues, 18 PackPublished 2 months ago by Mr. Whipple
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