RvReview: Clash of the Titans
I was super-psyched about seeing this. The original Clash of the Titans is one of my all time favourites, and one that bizarrely enough always seems to be on TV around Easter, so I was due my annual hit of mythological monsters anyway. So is it as good as its predecessor? No.
Don’t get me wrong, it is thoroughly enjoyable and immense fun. It reminded me a lot of Avatar, but not just because of the 3-D effects or big Sam Worthington leading the way. Like the big blue machine, it is visually stunning, boasts a gorgeous catalogue of creatures to ogle at and some great action scenes, but the storyline is as basic as you can get. A to B without so much as a sidewards glance at C. There are as many surprises as there are actual Titans (that’s none, by the way). The cast do what is required of them, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes look like they’re having great fun as brothers Zeus and Hades, while About a Boy’s Nicholas Hoult looks to have developed into a strapping specimen. Plus it took me until the credits to figure out Deep Space Nine’s Dr Bashir Alexander Siddig was behind the beard of Hermes (who, incidentally, is not the messenger of the gods – I don’t get this, why don’t they just give him a regular name?). But the film itself is far from memorable.
As a huge Ray Harryhausen (visual effects creator) fan, I’m probably a little biased. I still find all his stop motion monstrosities terrifying, so maybe that is why the original is more memorable for me. Leterrier pays some respectful nods to the 1981 version, retaining the likes of Zeus’s constant shininess, while that inexplicable Jar Jar Binks forerunner/mechanical owl Bubo even makes a hilarious cameo.
Overall a hugely enjoyable watch, but I don’t think it will win any Oscars next year
And by the way, I thought Medusa was supposed to be so hideous no man could look at her? I definitely would…