Film Reviews, Short Review

Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

2.5/4

Of all the films Ray Harryhausen worked on, Jason and the Argonauts is probably the one that still resonates the most today; the stop-motion sequences still have a wonderful, powerful charm to them that looks concrete in a way that CGI never seems to manage. Talos, the Hydra, and the skeleton fight: all sequences which are etched into the brains of even those who haven’t seen the film, and deservingly so. The rest of the film however, is really just a coat-hanger for Harryhausen’s effects, albeit it isn’t as bad as others of its ilk – the actors do their job, and the location and set design are pretty enough that they hold you over until Ray turns up again.

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