'Clash of the Titans' Review By Bawnian©-Dexeus
Good luck, fisherman.
Directed by: Louis Leterrier
Starring: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Jason Flemyng, Alexa Davalos, Mads Mikklesen, Luke Evans and Danny Huston.
Before watching Wrath of the Titans, I decided to marathon Clash of the Titans; both version to be exact. While the remake received mixed reviews, I saw it as a visual improvement over the the former, even sometimes in the story. The classic piece was full of grandeur imagination for its time period, but was definitely an eye sore compared to the current version. Of course, the remake doesn't improve on the screenplay, but the former wasn't all that special either, even with a Perseus with no facial expression when he talked.
It is an age of war between men and gods. Mankind has grown greedy and see themselves as the new gods, and it angers their creator: Zeus. Played by the ever so talented Liam Neeson, it is a role he was meant to play, or more importantly, voice. He has the voice of a God, where even as a straight individual of either gender, you can't help but fall in love with it. Sometimes sends chills down your spine of how epic it is. Then we have the classical performer Ralph Fiennes as the malevolent Hades, god of the underworld. I recognized him easily from his memorable performance in Schindler's List, but was only a month later that I found out he played Voldemort. The two titans play their parts well, but I felt they were underrated when you take into consideration just how powerful they should have been. So, since the writers decided to have their strengths depend on the power of man's love, we get Clash of the Titans. Hades double crosses his brethren by forcing man to hate them to increase his dark magic and manipulate Zeus into letting Hades release his pet shrimp.
In comes Perseus (Worthington), the demigod/love child of Zeus and a mortal woman, wife of a former king of Argos Calibos(Flemyng), who is later deformed by Zeus when he takes it upon himself to drown both the mother and child. He is later found by a fisherman and is raised as such, until the present day when the current war of the dimensions takes his family. He doesn't want to be involved, but has no choice, since he's part God, and must assist man and even the Gods to stop Hades and the Titans. A few of the problems with Perseus, big or small as they may be, raises a few flags. Especially when he has a jarhead buzz cut that shouldn't even exist in his timeline, or rather, be so clean cut. But it's fun to see him scream like a mad Australian all the time. How can you not chuckle? He is followed by a forever youthful dame named Io (Arterton) and serves as Perseus celestial assistant and protector in his endeavors while also being a victim of the gods in the past. A love interest no doubt, but cute puppy love. Over the course of the film, you just want them to end up together simply because you will most likely feel bad for Perseus.
We do get Titans: Medusa, Calibos and his blood born Scorpions and the cherry on top, The Kraken. Not much of team considering most of us with few knowledge remember Disney's Hercules titans more intimately. Alas, I dare not bring the makers down. Despite the atrocious conversion of 3D (so I've heard) the craft behind the characters is truly eye candy. Intended for an audience looking for nothing but entertainment and nothing more, we get precision models. We don't get stop motion (thank Zeus) as CGI commands the screen. They finally give the Kraken the glory it needed 30 or so years ago. It looks like a creature with the malovolence needed to seal the titans, but once you see Wrath of the Titans, you'll feel a little stupid when you revisit the introduction to this remake: " he oldest story ever told are written in the stars. Stories of time before man and gods, when Titans ruled the earth. The Titans were powerful but their reign was ended by their own sons: Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades. Zeus convinced his brother Hades to create a beast so strong it could defeat their parents. And from his own flesh Hades gave birth to an unspeakable horror... the Kraken. Zeus became king of the heavens. Poseidon, king of the sea. And Hades, tricked by Zeus, was left to rule the underworld in darkness and in misery. It was Zeus who created man and man's prayers fed the gods' immortality. But in time, mankind grew restless. They began to question the gods and, finally, rise up against them. Into this world, a child was born. A boy who would change everything." More of this in the next review.
Medusa and the sand people were one of the most entertaining parts. Great visuals and executions. But once you hear the tag line, RELEASE THE KRAKEN, all hell would break loose, right? Wrong. The kraken does damage, but bastardized easily and too quickly. You know, the point of a remake is to change it up a bit. The Kraken gets stoned (literally) by a head smaller than its football field sized mouth row of teeth, and all is balanced in the world.
Overall, we get some good entertainment, improved visuals, but not story. Sometimes, remakes don't go the way they should be: Remade! Good effort though.
Written by: Bawnian©-Dexeus.