Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
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Mr. Harryhausen truly is a master of stop motion. The skeleton battle is mind-blowing.
Jason and the Argonauts is arguably THE Harryhausen movie, but it speaks to its quality that some of my favorite images from this myth-brought-to-life don't fall in the stop-motion category - the gigantic Poseidon pushing on the island, bronzed Nancy Kovack's dance... - although of course, there are some grand creature effects as well. The show stopper is without a doubt the skeleton fight, which has great integration, choreography, and most of all, PERSONALITY. It's great. The giant animated statue, the harpies ruining Patrick Troughton's picnic, the hydra... they all have they pleasures, but the skeletons, man, wow. Of course, the story is a picaresque that takes you from encounter to encounter just so [EFFECTS] can happen. Don't expect much character work. Even so, a couple of the Argonauts manage to differentiate themselves, in particular to a lusty elder Hercules and the clever Hylas. We also get Honor Blackman as Hera, which is a proper place of, well, honor, for the former Avenger and future Bond girl. So lots of incident and monster fights and then the movie... stops. The sequel it promises never materialized, which is a shame, but also not much of a detraction. It's not like the story isn't as old as time.
Yeah best skeleton battle ever.
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This movie ranks #79 in Butler's Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen
This movie ranks #309 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies
This movie ranks #458 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #479 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #489 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
This movie ranks #1034 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown