Jupiter’s Thunderballs (1903)


I usually have a rule that a film must be at least 5 minutes long before I am willing to review it, but after recently watching Hugo (2011), I’ve decided to make an exception for the short films of Georges Melies because they are responsible for creating some of the most amazing early movie making tricks.

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 May 2017)

Brief Synopsis – Zeus and two other Gods wreck havoc on Mount Olympus

My Take on it – Over the past two months or so, I have started to watch some of the Film making visionary Georges Melies and I was glad to get any one of his many films as part of my repertoire.

Unfortunately, this one wasn’t nearly as good as any of the other and despite only being 4 minutes long, this film was quite tedious and boring.

There wasn’t really anything special about this one and it seems to lack some of Melies normal magical feeling.

As his other films can attest, this film is the exception and not the rule when it comes to the way he was able to master to art of movie making magic.

Unless you have a similar goal to me to try and see as many of his films as possible, you probably would be better off skipping this one and if you do choose to watch it, make sure you’ve seen more of his better films first so this wont taint your feelings about his work!

Bottom Line – Weakest of the Melies films I’ve seen so far. some nice effects, but even at only nearly 4 minutes long, it gets quite tedious and boring. Melies has done much better than this and this one just isn’t really worth watching since it doesn’t seem to bring anything new to the magic of Melies films.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Ranked 41st best film of 1903 (From Rate Your Music)

Rating – Razzie Worthy

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