Clash of the Titans (2010)

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Alright, let those summertime blockbuster hits roll!  With the temperatures outside, you might think it is July or so.   This remake of the classic 1981 hit “Clash of the Titans” certainly has the feel of a summer blockbuster too.  I wasn’t hesitant at all about seeing this one in the theatre – except I’ll continue to pass on this whole 3D nonsense.  So, allow me to present my thoughts on what I feel is the 1st summer hit of 2010.

Clash of the Titans” is special effects action adventure starring Sam Worthington of “Terminator: Salvation” and “Avatar” fame.  To begin with, this is not a “remake” per se.  It is a revision of the original, meaning that the story isn’t what it once was.  In the ’81 original, Perseus, the son of Zeus, seeks his destiny and tries to win the hand of the beautiful Andromeda, princess of Joppa.  In this version of the film, Perseus is not after Andromeda at all.  In light of that, I must also say that not all remakes are that great.  Here’s the surprise on this film though: the let-down wasn’t the story or the acting, it was the special effects.  Can you believe it?  The effects created by wizard Ray Harryhausen (God bless you Ray!)  were not bested in this digital age in this remake!  I provide 2 perfect examples of what I am talking about: the giant scorpions and Medusa herself.  In this version of “Titans”, the scorpions move too fast and don’t look very real, while Medusa looks far too pretty.  I would like to add that Medusa’s death scene in the original is FANTASTIC, but in this version is only mildly entertaining.

I have read already that people like to bash this movie saying things like Worthington is too stiff and that his haircut is very out of place.  I also read that his attire isn’t quite right and other such drivel.  Please!  You want to see an entertaining action flick?  Go check out this movie!  The story is appealing, and there’s a lot of really cool stuff in this film worth watching.  If these other critics are willing to bash this film on THESE grounds, I would seriously recommend to all of you to avoid them at all costs.  This includes the Orlando Sentinel and Ain’t It Cool News.  I think that people read reviews to find out if someone found the film worthwhile or not.  Yet, to bash a film because of pathetic details like haircuts sounds like they are deliberately seeking to give the film a bad review.  Folks, don’t fall for it.

Like a lot of other movies that are soon to be released, “Clash of the Titans” is popcorn fun!  Sit back, and enjoy!  I can tell you that there are wonderful additions to the story: most notably Sam Worthington is a much better Perseus than Harry Hamlin.  Some have said that Worthington is akin to the immortal Charlton Heston – a high bit of praise indeed!  Pegasus has had his myth reduced in scope which was a little disappointing, and Caliboss was ruined by the storyline.  However, the lovely Io (played by  Gemma Arterton), the tough-as-nails Draco (played by  Mads Mikklesen) and the fiendish Hades (played by Ralph Fiennes) were absolutely delightful.  There is one small allusion to the ’81 classic, but it is very brief.  For the most part, this film is actually a better story than the original (although I still love the original, but that’s just me).  I find it interesting that this film is still called “Clash of the Titans” when neither the Kraken nor Medusa (where the CLASH comes in) are Titans.  However, that being said, I know that Ray Harryhausen said he didn’t really care about accurate to the mythology when he made the original; he just wanted to make a fun movie.  Mission accomplished, Ray.  That also holds true to this remake: it’s just a fun movie!

…and that’s it for this edition of THE REEL VOICE.

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