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Mighty Joe Young (1998)
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"Has its ample heart in exactly the right place."
3 stars

Watching Mighty Joe Young is like wandering into the heart of Disney adventure pictures where not a hair is out of place, morals remain intact and nerves are stretched before falling back into place. The only real difference between this and tales of yore is that the plucky blonde heroine is now fully in charge.

And in this case, in charge of a 2000lb mountain ape named Joe.

Jill Young (Theron from Devil's Advocate) was orphaned by the same poachers who killed the mother of a baby gorilla. Twelve years later Jill and Joe have bonded and while Jill's mother was once a legend among primatologists, Joe is now a legend of the mountain. Not surprising since a rare genetic condition saw him sprout from cuddly chimp to a 20-foot gorilla of a gorilla.

Enter conservationist Gregg O'Hara (Paxton) who, chasing the legend convinces Jill that the only way for Joe to be truly safe is by packing him off to Los Angeles! Unfortunately, the poacher (Serbedzija from Broken English) watches cable TV and is soon plotting ways of selling primate parts to his butcher. A lot of breast beating ensues before Joe does a scaled down King Kong at the amusement park and, after a brief shock, lives happily ever after back in Africa.

Strictly for ten-year-olds, Mighty Joe Young has its ample heart in exactly the right place. After an opening sequence that will have kiddies reaching for Kleenex, the action soon picks up with many a thrill on the way. This is not Jurassic Park however and doesn't really deserve its Academy nomination for effects.

However, what it loses in CGI is more than made up for with an enlightened moral code: girls do know what they're doing; neither animals nor people belong in cages and the American way is not for everyone. Pleasingly refreshing for a kiddie flick in the 90's. ---Colin Fraser

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4/05/11 art done in the sprit of king kong! 3 stars
8/25/09 Aaron Smith One of my favorites for visuals, music, and Charlize. 4 stars
3/29/08 Pamela White heart moving story 4 stars
1/04/08 action movie fan GOOD REMAKE FOR A CHANGE GOOD F/X ACTION WORTH ITIION 4 stars
1/30/07 R.W.Welch Vapid remake of a pretty good 40's flick. 2 stars
10/11/05 lotlot superb! very touching,heart warming movie 4 stars
8/30/05 ES A perfect example of why Charlize Theron is really just another blonde in an any woman role 2 stars
8/28/04 Aaron Smith great soundtrac; pretty good overall 4 stars
5/31/04 Nobody Giant gorillas need to be banned from the movies. 1 stars
4/05/03 Jack Sommersby Pleasantly performed but way too familiar and hackneyed. 2 stars
1/26/02 Andrew Carden It Was Just Awful Watching The Ape Get Thrown Arount, Getting Treated Badly. So Sad. 1 stars
8/08/01 Mr. Hat It's not just a kiddie flick. It's kind of intense for a kiddie flick. It's great, though. 5 stars
8/07/01 ted v. it wasnt bad at all!!! 5 stars
12/28/00 Turtle A great movie! Everything is awesome! 4 stars
11/29/00 The Evil Penguin Bad acting. Awful plot. What effects? 2 stars
10/07/99 sophia962 See the original and forget this lamer. Even Charlize couldn't save it. 2 stars
4/19/99 monkey man Charlize - stick to your porn nudie pic career and leave the acting to professionals! 1 stars
4/09/99 Ah Dooey sucked a big ugly ass 1 stars
4/08/99 Dave Who did Charlize fuck to get this part?? HATED IT 1 stars
4/07/99 MR HOLLYWOOD!! A bit 'Jurassic Park-ish',Charlize breathes life into the film,JOE is awesome! 4 stars
4/03/99 Jerry Charlize should stick to modeling ,her mouth is shut. Baddd acting 1 stars
4/02/99 Joe Old Not even worthy of video 1 stars
3/29/99 Phlipit So it had some Slow bits, there where some cheesy moments but I cried so it rocks 5 stars
3/18/99 boschy they should have paid me to see it. 1 stars
3/09/99 Kasey Jane I waited the whole movie for the monkey to die, dammit! 1 stars
2/22/99 Jeff HOUN Not a bad movie, could've been better tho. A few empty places thru story. 3 stars
1/29/99 Cage What?? This sucks?? It's Disney, morons, and it's supposed to be childish. You Idiots. 4 stars
1/25/99 Yo Momma Yawn. Disney blew it with this one. The robotic King Kong was right cool, though. 1 stars
1/12/99 Mr Showbiz Human leads Charlize Theron and Bill Paxton rise above the cheesy script. 4 stars
1/03/99 Negative Creep Disney Milks the melodrama. But Joe is 1 charming ape. 4 stars
1/02/99 MFGIT I wish I had paid to see it so I could demand my $ back. 1 stars
1/02/99 Oscar Goldman Mighty Joe is Hung (you can take that two ways). Costly remake is failing. 1 stars
1/01/99 Jack Ripper The gorilla could have written a better script! 1 stars
12/30/98 Peter Fitswell The mechanical gorilla is the only entertaining part. $70 million for that?! 1 stars
12/29/98 Hugh Jass The execs at Disney probably had to imitate the family pet before taking their first piss 1 stars
12/28/98 Mercury Hayes If Michael Eisner didn't have any old films to copy, he wouldn't ever make any films at all 1 stars
12/27/98 Clint Beastwood Mighty Joe's Dung! What a pile of manure! Spend $80 mil on film and $10k on script! 1 stars
12/26/98 The Dude ver good special effects but story was shot to shit. 3 stars
12/25/98 Binky Ugh. The trailerlooked great. But Paxton should have been a giveaway for the crap ahead. 2 stars
12/25/98 Jack Wilson Disney, be original for once! Stop letting MBA's call shots on creative decisions. 1 stars
12/13/98 Lindsay Had its moments, good effects, but all in all, pretty bad. 2 stars
11/25/98 Lord Of The Dunce Fantastic effects but a pussy ass script that doesn't do the original justice. See for FX. 4 stars
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  25-Dec-1998 (PG)
  DVD: 06-Apr-2004


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