MIGHTY JOE YOUNG (1998) GO! 5PM, PG, AD­VEN­TURE

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

This re­make of the 1949 go­rilla thriller doesn’t even come close to re­liv­ing the B-grade charm of the ear­lier in­car­na­tion. A sim­plis­tic “save the an­i­mals” thread is hap­haz­ardly wo­ven through­out, as the gi­ant ape of the ti­tle is brought to Cal­i­for­nia by con­ser­va­tion­ists (Bill Pax­ton and Char­l­ize Theron, both above) to pro­tect it from (not­edly Ger­man) poach­ers, only for it to go on a ram­page in Hol­ly­wood. Ev­i­dently, the mak­ers paid big money to get their big ape to func­tion prop­erly be­cause the spe­cial ef­fects im­press. It’s just a pity that a de­cent screen­play wasn’t in­cluded. Also stars Rade Serbedz­ija and Regina King. ★★

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