Mighty Joe Young (1998)

MIGHTY JOE YOUNG isn't anything to go ape over.  Excellent effects, 
sure, plus gorilla my dreams Charlize Theron (CELEBRITY, THE DEV-
IL'S ADVOCATE) to study at length.  (For a jungle girl, those gams 
are sure smooth...)  The broad, by-the-numbers script, however, is 
strictly for kids.  That is, if you don't mind Disney's murder of a 
little girl's mother in the first reel.  Trust me:  for fifteen or 
so fun minutes of a downtown Hollywood rampage, the other ninety-
five-- plus Goofy short at the start-- ain't worth it.  Special 
effects second-banana Bill Paxton co-stars.  Rade Sherbedgia, Peter 
Firth, David Paymer, and Regina King also appear.  Rick Baker did  
Kong's make-up effects.  Ron Underwood (TREMORS) directs.  (Rated 
"PG"/110 min.)

Grade: D+
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Originally posted to triangle.movies as MOVIE HELL: January 3, 1999

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