Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

The mighty son of a slain king returns to reclaim his throne, but he must first assemble a team of warriors and set off to a far away land in order to find the golden fleece which will free his land from tyranny. Set in the mythical days of Ancient Rome, JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS is an epic fantasy adventure that features the legendary heroes Jason of Thessaly and Hercules as well as an array of stunning creature effects designed by Ray Harryhausen. Jason and his men must face off against a pair of winged harpies, the dreaded multi-headed hydra, and an army of skeletons in a climactic battle that brings back the impressive fight choreography found in THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD. The film's enormous scale and incredible set work would set the standard for all other fantasy adventures to follow, most directly influencing Harryhausen's later work in CLASH OF THE TITANS. One area where the film does stagger is in a few of the weaker performances, but these are easily overshadowed by the ambitious special effects and exciting action sequences. JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS is a must-see for every fantasy and adventure fan!

Rating: 9/10.

If you liked JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, check out:
THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD, CLASH OF THE TITANS, ULYSSES.

6 comments:

  1. Now you're talking my language. I love Jason and the Argonauts. The effects are still great and to me in some ways more effective than current CGI. Great review.

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  2. The movie ended so abruptly. It appears that there was supposed to be a part 2 that was never made.

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  3. Who can dispute the awesomeness that is the skeleton fighting scene? Completely agree on the ending though, Fred. It's like someone pulled the E-brake, and quite the antithesis of Return of the King lol..

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  4. This is the first movie I actually remember ever seeing in the theater, at some "kid's morning movie" my mom took me to, where they showed old, family friendly stuff. As such, it's always held a special place in my heart, and when I revisited it as an adult, I was pleased to see how awesomely it held up. Just a great movie, great action, and peerless stop-motion effects. Incidentally, Harryhausen has said he tried to give each of the Children of the Hydra's Teeth his own personality, so that despite their being a gang of skeletons, you could still tell who was who by the way they fought/acting. Well, and the emblem on their shields, I guess.

    Anyway, great stuff--love this movie!

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  5. A childhood favorite! As much as I love the sword fighting skeletons, it was the harpies that made the deepest impression.

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  6. I only wish I had had the chance to watch many of these when I was little, it may have spurred me to get into the movie business when I was young! I didn't find Clash of the Titans until I was in high school, and this was the first time I'd seen Jason!

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