YMMV / Mighty Joe Young

  • Complete Monster: Evil Poacher Andrei Strasser begins the film by killing the titular ape’s mother while also mortally wounding a doctor trying to stop him. Years later, Strasser runs a supposed animal preserve that is secretly a way for him to lure in and kill endangered species for his own profit. When enlisted to help "save" Joe, Strasser also attempts to kill Joe's human friends, causing his right-hand-man, Garth, to turn against him. He demonstrates zero remorse when a missed shot accidentally starts a deadly fire at a carnival, and simply stalks the heroine to murder her and finish the job he began with her mother.
  • Crazy Awesome: Max O'Hara, to promote a new night club, goes to Africa—tells sensational stories about his "adventures" there, and brings along cowboys to help him capture animals for his club! Why cowboys? "To lasso lions of course!"
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The 1998 remake features not only an amazing score from James Horner, but also includes beautiful African chanting.
  • I Am Not Shazam: "Mighty" is not part of the name of the eponymous gorilla. In the first film, he goes by "Joe Young" or "Mr. Joseph Young". In the second film, everyone calls him "Joe". With no last name.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The original's FX still hold up even in the age of CGI, which is amazing. The remake's use of practical animatronics and suitmation also look quite good and very realistic even to this day.