Review: Clash of the Titans
An interesting debate has been brought up lately. Is 3D the best way to see a movie? Well in my opinion, no. It is not. This movie is a prime example of that. 3D is not for everyone, I say save it for the IMAX crowds who don't mind shelling out an extra $3.00 per ticket to get the "3D experience". Ever since 'Avatar' made a ton of money at the box office, more and more films are being converted to 3D. It worked for 'Avatar' because it was computer generated (and the only interesting aspect of the film). It works for stop motion films like 'Coraline' to show us that we can make beautiful visuals without CGI. It works for cartoons like recently released 'How to Train your Dragon'. Kids like the "jumping out at you" schtick. But why take live action films and try to ruin them with 3D? 'Clash of the Titans' was not originally intended to be in 3D, it was all done in post production. You can tell, 3D was absolutely pointless in this film. Same with 'Alice in Wonderland', a film not originally intended to be in 3D, it didn't add much to the finished product. I can only hope this 3D fad dies down soon. I've been reading about Warner Brothers doing 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' in 3D. DON'T DO IT!!!! Save it for the IMAX crowd.
'Clash of the Titans' is a remake of the 1981 film of the same name. If you saw it, it's horrible, it's corny, the effects were bad, but it was 1981. Back then only Star Wars was pulling off convincing special effects. The story is the mortal son of Zeus, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is given a mission. He needs to rescue the city or Argos from Hades (Ralph Fiennes). Zeus (Liam Neeson) is waging war on the other gods for Hades murdering his family. But you quickly forget all this, because the film literally goes nowhere.
I'll be the first one to say I don't think Sam Worthington is cut out to be the "Next Great Action Star!" He's too talented for this. He's a great dramatic actor and he's quickly falling into the mold of being type-cast as the "hero guy". I didn't have high hopes for this film to start with, Liam Neeson is the reason I decided to see it, and there's not enough of him. Ralph Fiennes is creepy as Hades, but only made me angry because I want to see him return as 'Voldemort' so badly. The effects, while better than the original are still nothing special. The Kraken did look cool, a lot cooler than the one in 'Pirate of the Caribbean' but they built it up so much only for it to fall flat. There's a lot of talent in his cast, and this probably sounded great on paper, but it just doesn't transition. It's not very flashy, it's boring, it's better than the originally mainly for the cast, but that's it.
Memorable Quote: "Release the Kraken". - Zeus (Liam Neeson) I chose the most quoted line of the entire film, but honestly. What else stood out?