Sunday, June 26, 2016

Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

A British American fantasy adventure directed by Don Chaffey, starring Honor Blackman with special effects by Ray Harryhausen.
A young man is on a quest to steal the golden fleece. He is aided by the goddess, Hera and a team of sailors. Together, they face great peril and have epic adventures.
The plot was a little shaky in spots. It didn't really seem to form a coherent whole. Everything made sense, but it seemed more like an unconnected series of adventures, rather than a single quest. The characters were poor. I had trouble telling them apart and many seemed to be "Nameless Sailor #1" etc... The video was a true masterpiece. I was impressed by stop motion miniatures being on-screen with live actors before, but here they fight! I even saw a man steal a spear from a skeleton! Yes, the famous skeleton fight scene. I also liked the harpies and the hydra. We've also got some composited forced perspective with giant gods interacting with normal size humans. The audio was not the best, but I heard what everyone said and the soundtrack was relatively appropriate. Overall, watch it for Harryhausen's many monsters. Then watch Clash of the Titans (1981) for more of the same, but with a better plot. I rate this adequate.

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