The Clash of the Titans

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The Clash of the Titans

Postby Barry » Mon Apr 05, 2010 10:06 pm

April 5th 2010

What to make of this remake? I'm sure you'd expect me to be ridiculously precious about the original, and whilst i do have a huge fondness for some of it, I fear the animation cut so brutally next to live action was starting to show the seams. But this film is simply so frenetic, so kinetic, and so visually cluttered, that it really is getting in the way of the storytelling. In that respect, the simplicity of the original is to be applauded. But I can't fault the visuals here - they are an amazing achievement, but the camera never stops long enough to look at all the work and detail on the costumes or sets. The camera simply never stops, and I was almost getting to the point of shouting 'please, not another fight with another monster!'. Pegasus, so uncomfortable in the original, was breathtaking here, and you really couldn't see the joins at all. There were plenty of knowing winks at the original, though anyone who had not seen it must have wondered what the clockwork owl was all about. Mind you we wondered that 29 years ago, and the answer I fear was a producer trying to get an R2D2 type character in. A real blemish in that film. I think I enjoyed it tonight, but I think I was more dazzled than entertained or involved. And it was a msitake to see it in post-production 3D - so dim and murky with a horrible shadow round the characters. I've had it with 3D thanks very much.
Calm down guys! Just tell me a story first.

Here's the review from the Manchester Evening news

1 / 1 imagesClash Of The Titans
Director Louis Leterrier updates the 1981 swords and sandals epic based on Greek mythology, made famous by Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion creatures.

With all of the new-fangled technology at his disposal, Leterrier bombards the screen with computer-generated giant scorpions, flying demons, a slithering Medusa and a gargantuan Kraken.

However, all of that slick digital trickery cannot replace the personality or the wonder of Harryhausen’s painstakingly-crafted models.

The title may be the same but this Clash Of The Titans lacks excitement and soul, and the climactic battle with the hellish sea monster is a huge anticlimax.

Australian actor Sam Worthington, last seen as the paraplegic hero in Avatar, perfects a macho scowl as mankind’s reluctant saviour but there is scant indication of the grief that drives his character.

A romantic subplot with Gemma Arterton’s spiritual guide is so slow burning it barely catches fire and the script doesn’t generate a sense of dramatic urgency despite the imminent threat to the city of Argos.

As a baby, Perseus (Worthington) is rescued from the sea by fisherman Spyros (Postlethwaite) and his family, unaware that he is actually the demi-god son of Zeus (Neeson).

Hades (Fiennes), the god of the underworld who intends to usurp Zeus on Mount Olympus, causes the death of Perseus’s new family and the grief-stricken young man vows revenge.

He gets his chance when Hades curses Argos and its rulers, Kepheus (Regan) and Cassiopeia (Walker), and threatens to unleash the Kraken upon the city unless they sacrifice their beautiful daughter Andromeda (Davalos) to the behemoth.

“You were born to kill the Kraken,” reveals Io (Arterton), who has kept watch over the demi-god his entire life.

If Perseus can slay the Kraken, Hades will be weakened enough for him to strike a fatal blow.

However, to defeat such a powerful foe, Perseus must seek counsel with the Stygian witches, accompanied by Argon warrior Draco (Mikkelsen) and his men.

Clash Of The Titans is a series of mediocre action sequences, glued together by scenes on Olympus between Zeus and a conniving Hades.

Unusually, the 3D adds nothing to the visceral experience.

There isn’t a single scene that has been orchestrated with the format in mind – no Medusa staring into the camera as snakes hiss and snap out of the screen – and a climactic airborne sequence, following Perseus and Pegasus as they swoop through the coiling tentacles of the Kraken has no sense of depth or speed.

Indeed, the visuals are so flat, you could be forgiven for thinking that wearing the spectacles is part of an elaborate April Fool.

Considering the premium levied on 3D tickets, you are advised to save the pounds and pennies for the concessions stand and watch the 2D version instead.

You’ll be equally disappointed.
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