Thursday, April 1, 2010

Movie Review: Clash of the Titans

Synopsis: (Taken from IMDB and edited by me because of many grammatical errors.) "The Clash of the Titans" is set in the Greek city of Argos where a war is about to explode between man and the gods. Perseus (Sam Worthington) was raised as a fisherman, but is actually a demi-god. Perseus is the bastard son of Zeus (Liam Neeson) who is about to take on the gods after the death of his family. Zeus' brother Hades (Ralph Fiennes) was the one who killed his family, and Perseus wants to kill him. However, it is Perseus' destiny to rescue the city of Argos from the ruthless rage of Hades and his Kraken monster. With nothing to lose, Perseus leads a band of soldiers on a quest to defeat the Kraken. In doing this, Perseus will prevent Hades from overthrowing Zeus and in turn destroying mankind.

My thoughts-

Acting: The acting was good. We have some great actors on the list here. Sam Worthington (Avatar), Liam Neeson (Schindler's List), Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter) and Mads Mikkelson (King Arthur). They were all great, even with the script being campy at times.

Special effects/cinematography/overall "look" of the movie: Great. All of it. There were a few moments where the special effects had a slight cartoon-ish look, but very seldom.

Music: Oh. My. The music was fantastic. Ramin Djawadi was the composer, though I believe some themes were written by Craig Armstrong, as he was originally set to do the score. But whoever did it, did a great job. I've got to get it from iTunes asap. I've needed a good score to soothe my hectic life, and this just might be the one to do it!

Story/plot: OK, here is where things get a little sticky. I'm a mythology buff. And I am quite partial to the myth of Perseus. Unfortunately, the screenwriter for this movie was not. Some of what they added was fine, like the whole "war with Hades" thing. I didn't mind it at all, and it really added some nice dynamics to the story. But here's the BIG thing that they did, and I still just don't get it. In the myth, (and yes, there are many versions of said myth, but this one fact remains the same in all of them.) Perseus falls in love with Andromeda. Um, hello! You can't just take that out of the story, but they did! What's the point of it all if you do that????? Instead, they decided to throw in this random character named Io, who is so pointless and stupid, and I can't even deal with it. Seriously, my mind is boggled by this character. She makes no sense, shows up randomly, seems to know everything, but you have no idea why. She's dumb and I hate her. The movie would have been almost perfect if they'd not added her stupid character. You think she dies, which made me so happy. But no, they bring her back in the end in this lame cliche' scene. And they imply that Perseus hooks up with her. This may seem like the lamest reason for disliking a movie, but I'm seriously bugged, you guys. To the point that I want to throw something. Andromeda's character was made into this background character who had like two scenes in the film. Ugh. Why did they do that?? I just don't understand. And I'm pissed.

In conclusion: Up until the last five minutes of the movie, I was entertained. It had some good aspects to it, some cheesy aspects, but all in all, good flick. However, I left the theater feeling really unsatisfied.

My rating: 6.5 out of 10


Chubbylove said...

I see that both of us were right in our scoring the movie on the way before we had seen it (if that sentence makes no sense come see me).......(I'm in your room.....on your laptop)......
I was happy with my score of a solid !!!!!9!!!!! with little hearts of love around it (for Sam Worthington of course). Though I have to laugh at your mature comment of "She's dumb and I hate her!" HAHA! Fantastic.
My only hope is you are able to put your rage and bitterness aside and maybe like it when we see it tomorrow. I can dream right?
Well, you just walked in the door which means you'll be in here glaring at me soon. Peace out ;)