In Theaters: Clash of the Titans

One of the reasons I really wanted to start a blog was so that I could share my feelings on new movies as they are in released theaters. While I have seen some films in theaters recently, I didn't feel that they were too blog worthy (The meh Bounty Hunter comes to mind.) But with the release of Clash of the Titans, and season of blockbusters fast approaching, now is as good a time as any to start dishing on the films that are in theaters.

Now to begin, I must say that Clash of the Titans is certainly not a good movie. But is it an entertaining movie? I would say it sure is. Now for me, Greek mythology has always been a fascinating subject (although I took a course on it as a requirement for my major last year, now I've almost forgotten everything...oops). So seeing a lot of these characters and locations from myths on screen was actually pretty of exciting for me (I must admit though, I have not seen the original film so I can't say if this remake was needed or not.) For example, the underworld of Hedes, the lair of Medusa, Mt. Olympus and seeing the 3 fates were all pretty cool. The other thing about the movie is that it is pretty much non-stop action. There's always something going on, so if you're looking for that, I don't think the movie disappoints. While it was no masterpiece, I thought it was good, dumb fun as opposed to bad,
dumb bores of a film, but perhaps many of you will disagree with me and put it in that category anyway. But I enjoyed it and sometimes that silliness is just what you crave. Also of note, this film features the kid who played Marcus in About A Boy all grown up.

 No, not him.. that's Liam Neeson.

As to its flaws, the film certainly didn't make much room in the way of character development, or anything other than cliched figures of heroes. Everything here, you've seen before. Also, the special effects were definitely disappointing. The scorpions looked all right, and the Kraken was fine. I only wish they hadn't gone the CGI route with Medusa. She had so much potential. I only wished they'd have used a real woman and just gone crazy with her makeup. But alas, they did not and she just looked fake. There was such buildup with her too, she had a fabulous evil laugh and I enjoyed the legend that Io related of her. I also must mention that the costumes in this film were very poor (like take you out of it poor). I'm curious what my costume designing roommate Anna would think. A lot of wasted opportunity there, which is a shame. I always love a good costume epic.

Finally, I must say my biggest (and shallowest) pet peeve. Spoiler alert for those who don't want to know....but... NO KISS?? No kiss at the end? COME ON! Sam Worthington and Gemma Arterton are two of the most attractive people on the planet right now, and they had two perfect opportunities for a nice cinematic kiss. Plus I swear I saw one in the trailer, but maybe my eyes deceived me. Call me crazy, but adventure epics just call for it. I hate it in movies when it doesn't happen (Superman Returns and Iron Man come to mind). Come on! Sometimes I just gotta live vicariously through others. :) Haha, so after the film, I read the accounts of the real mythologies of the characters. Perseus actually marries Andromeda (another character in the movie) and Io, who in the film was "cursed" with neverending youthfulness for resisting a God's advances was turned into a heifer in true mythology. Sucks for her. Ah well, all the mythological inaccuracies just made me want to watch Disney's Hercules.

So again, just gotta say. Good movie? Nope. Entertaining? I think so. (Just watch out for some of the awful dialogue and acting, haha) It's worth a watch in the dollar theater...in fact, it's the type of movie dollar theaters were made for. My final rating: 2/4 stars.


Sarah said...

I'm intrigued. I'll have to check it out one of these days. But as you know, with my little toddler, I don't get out to see many movies. I'll have to rent it when it comes out on DVD.

I have seen the old Clash of the Titans. It sounds like they stepped up the action quite a bit. I remember that there were quite a number of slow moving sections in that movie. However, as a child, it was one of my favorites (partly because I have always been fascinated by Greek mythology and because I thought Andromeda was pretty and she had cool costumes).

There is a certain charm in the Harryhausen stop-motion animation--though it is very dated today.

The original had some very unnecessary nudity as I recall too. You've got to watch out for those 80's movies that were rated PG (prior to PG-13 ratings coming along).

Thanks for your review!

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Michelle said...

I saw this movie on Tuesday. I have to say that I wasn't that impressed. I am not sure if it was that they tried too hard or didn't try hard enough, but I was really bothered by some of the scenes they emphasized. It felt like I was watching the second transformers again with the desert scorpion battle scene. The character development was not very notable, and I felt like that was what the story should have been about. The myth is all about how Perseus becomes a hero.The mythological inaccuracies drove me nuts. I was frustrated by the portrayal of Zeus and Hedes, the way Perseus ended up with Io, and the lack of gifts from mount Olympus. All in all, it was entertaining, but not the epic film it could have been. It had so much potential. One good note - Liam Neeson was Zeus - as he should be. A testament to his being one of the greatest actors ever - He was in Schindler's List, Batman Begins, Star Wars, Les Miserable, K-19 The Widow Maker, Ponyo, and Taken - He will be in the A Team. Plus he drives a Harley. I just love him.

Emily said...

I guess I just had much lower expectations than you.