YMMV: Jason and the Argonauts

Jason and the Argonauts

  • Adaptation Displacement: Many fans are under the illusion that Harryhausen himself created the story.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The dance scene in the Harryhausen film. In the Hallmark film, the scene where Zeus tempts Medea which is never mentioned again.
  • Complete Monster: In the 2000 Hallmark Made-for-TV Movie, Pelias, like his mythological counterpart, is the brother of King Aeson of Iolcus and an uncle of the titular protagonist, but is much more evil than in the myth or in the 1963 film. He and his soldiers invade Iolcus and terrorize civillians. In his Establishing Character Moment, he gives a hug to his brother only to stab him with the knife saying; "My destiny is to rule!" He attempts to murder the baby Jason, only for the latter to be saved by a bodyguard. Couple years later, Pelias sends an adult Jason on a dangerous mission to find the Golden Fleece, hoping that Jason never succeeds, and threatens to kill Jason's mom whom he earlier forced to marry him. Near the end of the film, when his son, Acastus, brings Pelias the Golden Fleece, Pelias fakes gratitude and murders his own son, taking the Golden Fleece. Seconds later he holds Medea hostage. In his final act of malice, Pelias lies to Jason that he has been overcome with madness by the Fleece while giving him a hug, but secretly he was just trying to kill Jason in the same way he killed King Aeson earlier.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The score is by Bernard Herrmann. Every cue is a CMOA!
  • Designated Hero: Jason, full stop. His goal to take back his kingdom may be admirable (though we don't know for sure if his father Aristo wasn't, say, a brutal tyrant), but it's hard not to notice his blatant indifference to the loss of crewmen over the course of his journey or his plans to filch the Golden Fleece out of Colchis.
    • Averted in the Hallmark film where he must find the Fleece or else his mother will be killed.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Brian Thompson plays Demigod Hercules in the Hallmark film. A few years later he would get bumped up and play Cronus in Charmed.
  • Ho Yay: Hylas and Hercules sure do pair up quick. Hylas essentially dies trying to pick up after his thoughtless boyfriend and, afterwards, Hercules quits the quest to retrieve his body.
  • Narm: A good chunk of the Harryhausen film due to Todd Armstrong's awful acting, the fight with Acastus in particular. The harpy scene also fails to be anyway intimidating.
    • The last few scenes in the Hallmark one are made comical by the fact that Pelias is actually wearing the Fleece and looks quite ridiculous.
    • The fight with the Skeletons starts out ok, as they silently, slowly march forward...before letting out a high-pitched "war cry" that sounds like a pack of angry schoolgirls. The scene continues on and is rightfully lauded, but for that one moment...
  • Nightmare Fuel: Everything with Talos in the Harryhausen film, from the moment he wakes up and starts chasing the Argonauts to his death scene, where he grabs his throat and starts making noises like screeching metal.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Honor Blackman steals the show in the Harryhausen film, playing Hera. Olivia Williams steals the show in the Hallmark film, coincidentally also playing Hera.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Every monster in the movie, but the crowning moment is undoubtedly the fighting skeletons scene. That 3 minute scene took Ray Harryhausen 4 months of solid work!