Film Reviews, Short Review

Jason and the Argonauts (1963)


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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