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Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

Directors: Don Chaffey
Genre: Adventure/Fantasy



Synopsis:
"Fantastic special effects by Ray Harryhausen and exciting mythological adventure make this a film that is fun for everyone. It's the story of Jason (Todd Armstrong), a fearless sailor and explorer, who returns to the kingdom of Thessaly after a 20-year voyage to make his rightful claim to the throne. But to do so, Jason must first find the magical Golden Fleece. He selects a crew and with the help of Hera, Queen of the Gods, sets sail in search of the Fleece. Jason and his crew must overcome incredible obstacles including a 100-foot bronze giant, the venomousHydra–a huge creature with the heads of seven snakes–and a spectacular battle with an army of skeletons." - from DVD Pacific


My oppinion:
This movie impressed me a lot, especially when it comes to the special effects. Considering it's made in 1963, it's extremely impressive what they managed to do with the effects. The giant moving statue and the army of skeletons (and more) are really stunning. Sam Raimi might have got some inspiration from this when he made the skeleton army in "Army Of Darkness". The acting is decent overall, and there are some likeable characters. The portrayal of the gods was especially amusing. The plot on the other hand didn't impress me that much as it had its mistakes. What's with the ending? We never get to see if he gets his revenge against king Pelias and get the throne, which sort of seemed like the point of the movie in the beginning.. In the end though, this didn't bother me that much. I enjoyed myself every minute of this movie. This one you can even watch with the kids. Highly recommended if you like adventure and/or Greek mythology movies!

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