Going Ape

This was going to be a warm up to the new Godzilla movies with earlier giant monster movies, but when I looked over nominated films I could only find two; the original Mighty Joe Young and the ’76 remake of King Kong. Too few for a week of movies, so the theme became apes instead. Not to many to pick from there eiter, but I manage to add to more to the list.

Mighty Joe Young (1949)
Damn, that’s a whole lot of special effects. Way more than I had anticipated. And really well done.
The actors are more stiff than the stop-motion special effects.
Winner of Best Effects, Special Effects in 1950.

King Kong (1976)
Hot take: I really, really enjoyed this. Even more that the original. It feels like a Roman Polanski movie. It is weird and perfectly fits the weird premise that is King Kong.
Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects in 1977.
Nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Sound.

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)
A lot grittier than I had anticipated. It’s good, but nothing special really. Christopher Lambert’s laugh is so weird.
Nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Ralph Richardson), Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium and Best Makeup in 1985.

Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966)
I really wish this was better. It has a lot of energy, but really messy and boring at times.
Nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Vanessa Redgrave) and Best Costume Design, Black-and-White in 1967.

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