As many of you know who read this blog, you’ll know that I’ve been looking forward to this movie for a while. Even though it was a remake (which I never saw the original so I’m not gonna be comparing), I figured, “It’s got a great cast, a good director, this has my interest.” However, as always, once the reviews come out, you start to get scared. Still, I saw it last night at a great theater down in Fredrick, and watched it. So what did I think?
The basic plot follows Perseus, who was born a Demigod, which is basically half human half god, whose adoptive family was killed by Hades, God of the Underworld. He seeks revenge, only starting to realize the land of Argos is going against the Gods themselves. So Zeus, believing that they would start remembering the order of things, threatens to end Argos by releasing the Kraken. In order to defeat the Kraken and Hades, Perseus must find Medusa and cut off her head. Simple plot really, very straightforward.
Now normally with my reviews I start talking about what I liked about the film and then moving onto the bad and then giving my overall opinion. But in this review I’m gonna start with the bad stuff because I want to get my criticisms out of the way. I have to say I found Clash of the Titans a little disappointing.
One of my complaints concerns Sam Worthington. I think he’s a great actor, I think he has the potential to be great, but his performance in this film was moderate at best. He wasn’t bad at all, and I could actually root for him and hope he completes his role, but he’s just playing the same character he played in the last two movies he was in. And there are times were it seems hard for him to show any emotion, it’s like he struggles to smile. I didn’t think he was bad at all, but only moderate, nothing more.
There are two characters, don’t know their names so don’t ask, these two characters who say in the beginning, “Oh yeah, we’re a bunch of badasses and we’re gonna come help you,” they might as well be saying “Meesah love you!” They are the Jar Jar Binks of this film, and they are simply there for no reason other than comic relief. And this can be considered a spoiler, but the tell him in the middle of the movie, “Oh, we can’t fight with you anymore. Bye.” And it’s like, what the hell was the point?
The dialogue in this film is awful. It feels very B-movie like, very weak at times. There’s a scene where Sam Worthington is trying to make you feel something, but it’s so bland, really reminded me of the cheesy 80’s epics.
There was one fight scene that wasn’t bad, but the camera kept shaking around in some bits. It felt like watching the Bourne movies again where the camera is shaking like the camera man is having a seizure and we would have had a great sequence if it hadn’t been so shaky. That scene was almost ruined by that. Almost, mind you.
At the end of the film, and this is only a minor spoiler, but I wish the fight between Perseus and Hades would have been like an Obi-Wan/Anakin fight. I know it would have been like a million dollars more and they were just setting it up for a sequel, but I wish we could have had more of that climatic clash. Not that the last bit of this movie wasn’t a climatic clash which leads into the good.
If it weren’t for the last 30 minutes of this film, the movie would have been just like a five or a six out of ten. The last thirty minutes, which is the Medusa fight onward, the film began to pick up and became much better. Again, the other hour and a half was okay and fun, but that last bit was awesome and it boosted my rating up.
The action sequences were outstanding. Besides the fact that the camera was moving too fast, the scorpion fight was actually pretty awesome. The fight with Medusa was great and again, that last 30 minutes made the movie for me.
The visual effects and cinematography for the film was incredible. The creature design so done so well and done so good. The look of Kraken in this movie was great as well, and that thing scared the s**t outta me so there you go. Medusa was also done really well too. It looks like a real Greek mythology setting. Many parts of this film look absolutely gorgeous.
Despite the dialogue, a lot of the actors were really good. Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes in this movie, Oh my God were they great. They were the best in the film. Gemma Arterton, who’s gorgeous in this movie, did a pretty good job as well. She appears and reappears most of the time however. And even though I didn’t think Sam Worthington was great, I could actually root for him. And with most of the main characters, we can care about them and hope they come out okay.
Oh and you get a cameo appearance from the pet Owl from the original Clash of the Titans, which was a clever and funny idea.
Overall, the good outweighs the bad, and while I have my criticisms, in the end, I had a fun time with Clash of the Titans. It’s a fun, action packed film, the characters…well most of them, were enjoyable, and the visuals were stunning. Not worth it for 3-D though, just see it regularly in 2-D. I did and I still had a fun time.
I give Clash of the Titans 2010 my favorite epics rating: 7.5/10.