Clash Of the Titans (2010) - Review
The Clash? Should it stay or should it go? Does it Rock the Casbah?
....sorry, couldn't help myself.
London's Calling, to the Underworld...
Its Clash of the Titans, but not as you know it. The Kraken's got tentacles and Medusa's Sexy, what is the world coming to?
Its coming to an end, that's what! for the Gods that is.
The Film abruptly makes a departure from the Original film within the first few seconds. initially i thought this isn't a bad thing, re-inventions are part and parcel of the Movie industry.
My gut feeling however, was that this was either going to be a masterful retelling, or a load of steaming Harpie Droppings...Whilst i hoped for the first, i was sadly disappointed.
So sadly disappointed that I fell off my chair. Right about the 30 minute mark, exactly where the plot decided to fall off the aswell.
Review - No Spoilers
Firstly i'll say it as it is the metaphorical Dagger aloft in the air hanging above my head.
Clash of the Titans was in my Films to Watch of 2010, and i stand by that anticipation for the slew of talent on board this movie.
Liam Neeson as Zues, Ralph Fiennes as Hades, Jason Fleming as Calibos, Pete Postlthwait, Gemma Atterton and Sam Worthington still milking the all action hero of 09/10 status. I was promised the movie to end all epic movies, on a scale of unimagined epicness since the epics of LOTR.
Sadly i was betrayed.
Not by the actors, but by the script, the shockingly awful rewrite decides to change the movie to the point of desperately trying to incorporate everything without incorporating everything.
the movie borrows heavily from the original which is only natural but my anticipation would be a fresh twist on the plot line so that the movie fuses nicely together and introduces some 21st century ingenuity tot he formula of the past. Sadly, it falls flat on its arse, twice, and doesn't bother getting up after the second time.
Not everything s terrible bad, apart from all the dialogue, its so crap... and the pacing, its just barbarically paced, you cannot cut from perseus age 0.5 to perseus age 10 to perseus age 20 in less that 30 seconds! thats not 21st century ingenuity, that 21st century idiocy!
Anyway as i was saying... the action set pieces are actually done quite well and do enough to stem the internal haemorrhaging that you suffer from the dialogue and pacing. They are done to the point where it is clear that somone just wanted to think about the battles and leave the rest as filler, the monsters are all unique in t heir retelling and look the part, the Kraken is suitably scary, Medusa is a good mix of scary and sexy, weirdly and those scorpions in the trailers look good and menacing.
If i were to sum up the clash of the titans film, thats how i would do it: it looks good.
Zeus is suitably shiny and Neesony, Hades is suitably Dark and Fiennesy the set pieces all look suitably greek, and sometimes arabian, and everything looks right, but at the superficiality, the goodness stops.
its something to while away a couple of hours but if you liked the original and require a fresh retelling then i wouldn't see this scratch that itch, whats more, there is a sequel coming out.
Idris Gives 5/10