Mysterious Island

1961

Adventure / Family

2
IMDb Rating 6.8

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by mhrabovsky1-1 10

Wow, I loved the "Seventh Voyage of Sinbad" as a kid, the cyclops, the giant roc bird, the skeleton fight, etc. and then the team of Charles Schneer and Ray Harryhausen did it again with the great film "Mysterious Island". I don't know if Island topped Sinbad, but I loved both of those films in equal amounts. How about the musical score of Bernard Hermann....right from the start that pounding, intense musical score, you knew this film would be so good. Loved the scenes of the escape from the confederate prison camp and the photography of the 4 men who fought with all they had to stay tucked inside the hot air balloon as it blew out of control over uncharted territories. Landing on an uncharted island they became a Robinson Crusoe foursome and set up a camp and foraged for food. How lucky they were to stumble onto a giant, and I mean giant rock lobster to feed the men for weeks and a giant bird who supplied a tasty bird dinner. Also two saucy women shipwrecked to add spice to the film as they provided companionship and love for one of the men. Throw in pirates, a floating trunk of weapons, monsters to fight, a cave hidden in a mountain, giant bees, the discovery of Captain Nemo and his hidden nautilus submarine anchored in the cave while he plotted a new scheme to provide food for mankind with experiments that produced the giant creatures, you were thoroughly entertained for two hours. Then check out the underwater scenes with the fight from a giant squid, reminiscent of the Disney classic "Twenty Thousand leagues under the Sea" and home made sea shell "aqua lungs" to breathe under water.....wow! I just loved this film as a kid and now at age 60 I still love this film and watch it a few times a year on DVD. Believe it or not the first time I saw this film as a kid was in 1963 at a Saturday afternoon matinée along with "Seventh Voyage of Sinbad"...my brother and I were mesermized by two such great films. The great English actor Percy Herbert with an accent as a captured confederate prisoner was a gem. Gary Merrill as a union war correspo dent plays the role of the so called cook in the film with his goofy shenanigans....Herbert Lom another underrated English actor with a stellar performance as Captain Nemo. Michael Craig as the captain of the so called "crew" with a tough disposition to follow as the leader of the group. Great entertainment for all ages.

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Reviewed by garrard 9

While most critics, and fans alike, consider Harryhausen&#39;s &quot;Jason and the Argonauts&quot; (released two years later) to be the apex of the special effects master&#39;s career, &quot;Mysterious Island&quot; stands as one of his best, also. Loosely based on the Jules Verne 19th century novel, the film boasts some memorable special effects wizardry: an awesome escape from a Confederate prison via balloon, the giant crab, the prehistoric &quot;chicken,&quot; the bees, and a cool Nautilus - closely resembling Disney&#39;s version from &quot;20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.&quot; The cast is good, beginning with Michael Craig as the leader of the band of island dwellers. Gary Merrill, who at once was the husband of legend Bette Davis, as well as her co-star in &quot;All About Eve,&quot; is effective as the war correspondent that serves as the voice of reason among the band, along with being the group&#39;s cook. Herbert Lom does a great &quot;Nemo,&quot; significantly different from James Mason&#39;s interpretation in the Disney classic. English actress Joan Greenwood is appropriately aristocratic as &quot;Lady Fairchild.&quot; But, it is Harryhausen&#39;s effects, along with Bernard Herrmann&#39;s brilliant score, that elevate this to one of the best fantasies of the 60&#39;s.<br/><br/>Filmed at a brisk pace, the story never lets up, keeping the viewer captivated until the thrilling conclusion.

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Reviewed by wonderboss 7

Harryhausen crossed Jules Verne with King Kong in his version of Mysterious Island, giving the author&#39;s Civil War castaways something really mysterious to look at for a change. The result is a Skull Island-style adventure with a nifty 19th century set-up, and one of the stop-motion maestro&#39;s most satisfying films. Harryhausen movies are at their best when Harryhausen is unabashedly the star?-as he is here in Mysterious Island. From this high-water mark in the early Sixties, Harryhausen&#39;s films slowly began to shipwreck on two constantly reiterated movie-making clichés. First, writers began to tell Harryhausen that his effects ought to be better integrated into the overall plot, that they ought not to be isolated set pieces sprinkled through the picture like plums in a fruitcake. Secondly, critics continued to repeat the old film music legend that movie scoring is best when it fades unnoticed into the background. Both of these old saws were, in fact, horrible lies. And Mysterious Island is great because Harryhausen and his composer were still refusing to take any notice of them. The effects sequences in Mysterious Island aren&#39;t plums in a fruitcake, they&#39;re solos in a symphony, they&#39;re like the soliloquies in Shakespeare. And Bernard Herrmann&#39;s scoring for these episodes is in your face?as it should be. It jumps up and screams &quot;THIS IS A SET-PIECE?AND A GREAT ONE. KICK BACK AND ENJOY IT!&quot; And this, once again, is as it should be. The truth is, that stop-motion isn&#39;t an effects technique. It&#39;s an art form. If you can&#39;t enjoy it for it&#39;s own sake, then you can&#39;t enjoy it. Every attempt Harryhausen later made to &quot;integrate&quot; his stuff just encouraged people to take it seriously--as a serious attempt, that is, to duplicate reality. Which it isn&#39;t. We go to a Harryhausen film for Harryhausen, just as we go to a Chaplin film for Chaplin. If you came in for some other reason, then you picked the wrong movie. That said, Mysterious Island really does work, I think, as a 60s &quot;Jules Verne&quot; picture. The period atmosphere is some of the best in any of those movies and the interesting Nautilus variation we see here is fun to look at in its own right. The acting is quite good also, and Cy Endfield is one of the better Harryhausen directors. But the Verne elements are really just the frame around the picture. Like I said, go for Ray&#39;s monsters--then go out and tell the world.

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