Monday, April 12, 2010

Clash of the Titans Review

For all its cheesiness, the original Clash of the Titans holds a special place in my heart. I don't believe my loathing of this new film has anything to do with those rose-colored memories, but it’s still worth mentioning. I have been wanting a remake of this film for over 10 years now. I thought with the technology we have now it could be a spectacular remake. Well, the trailer was spectacular, the movie itself (hmmm) not so much.

There was a blatant disregard for Greek Mythology in the epic failure. They completely changed the story and characters all together. Instead of King Acrisius's beautiful daughter bearing the son foretold to kill him, it's now his wife. WHAT?! And Acrisius is the one turned into Calibos, the satyr-like beast who becomes one of Perseus' challenges. WHAT?! And Perseus does not fall in love with Andromeda. Again WHAT?! It was pretty much an orgy of Greek monsters plucked from the first film and shoveled at us without rhyme or reason.
Sure the very basics remain the same as in the original. Perseus (Sam Worthington), bastard son of Zeus (Liam Neeson), sets out to find the head of Medusa - the only thing capable of destroying the Kraken. The vengeful gods are preparing to set the beast loose on the city of Argos unless the people sacrifice their princess Andromeda (Alexa Davalos). However, dive any deeper into the particulars and it quickly collapses into a big messy pile of stupid. Forget the kraken, how about releasing the plot? This remake seemed completely rushed, sloppy and bland in my opinion, which is a shame because it had so much potential.

The 3D was added in post production, and just like I predicted it was a bad idea. Films that were not shot in 3D in the beginning give 3D a bad name. When 3D is added as an afterthought (an expensive one) it darkens the picture and mutes the colors. I found the 3D element highly distracting and irritating to say the least. At times I would take my glasses off and could see just fine, better even. Watching it in 3D through the glasses is like watching a black and white film through dark sunglasses. Plus I feel it was just a gimmick just so the studio could make more money. Alas, if you do go see this, I recommend the 2D version.

Do yourself a favor. If you haven't seen the admittedly cheesy 1981 version of this go rent that instead. If you have seen it, go rent it instead anyway.

What did you think?


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