Clash of the Titans (2010 movie) review…

Clash of the Titans (2010 movie) review after the break…

Clash of the Titans (2010 movie) review…

We are in the age of the re-boot and the re-make, where everything old is new again for a new generation. The 1970s and 1980s are far enough away now so that a new generation, either too young to remember those decades or having not even been born in them at all, will consider the arts of that time as antiquated and foreign. After all, the generation that grew up with “Star Wars” considered the Western genre foreign. The generation that grew up with the Western genre considered the Depression era foreign. In twenty years, those just entering college will consider such contemporaries as Harry Potter and Avatar foreign. If you do not think so… Just wait.

“Clash of the Titans” is a 2010 movie based upon the 1981 movie of same name. These movies dwell heavily on Greek mythology, an ancient religion that makes the tangled relations of modern-day soap operas look simplistic by comparison. While there are no scholarly degrees for prying out the intricate differences between two characters in a typical soap opera, there is collegiate merit in knowing the histories of Zeus and Apollo.

Sam Worthington stars as Perseus, a “demi-god,” a child born where one parent was a god and another parent a mere mortal. Perseus knows that he was adopted by a human family but doesn’t realize that he has more regal DNA. His family is killed while witnessing a group of Argonauts, a society that no longer believes in any god, destroy a statue of Zeus. Zeus’ brother, Hades, does not take kindly to this act, killing the Argonauts and subsequently killing Perseus’ adopted family in the process. Perseus is soon forced to join the Argonauts in defending their kingdom from Hades, who has given the kingdom a deadline to sacrifice the kingdom’s princess, Andromeda, to a deadly creature called a Krakken or else the kingdom will be destroyed.

Got all that? And that’s just the very tip of the Greek mythology iceberg. And you thought your Star Wars extended universe was convoluted enough.

Not being a Greek mythology expert by any stretch of the imagination, I will not judge this movie on the accuracy of how faithful the movie follows Greek mythology “canon” (if such a thing can legitimately exist). There are some nods to other mythologies, including the Djinn, peppered throughout the movie.

As an action movie, the story zips along without incident. All the archetypes and stereotypes are here on display – An adopted child with special powers becomes orphaned and must travel with a motley crew to find their true identity while ridding the world of evil. Golly. It’s only one of the most copied templates in all of writing. Granted, Greek mythology trumps such contemporaries such as Luke Skywalker and Harry Potter in the originality department but to a civilization that keep burning it’s hand on the same stove, it does feel a bit worn around the edges. I kept expecting the Millenium Falcon or Hogwarts to suddenly appear on the screen.

I didn’t see this movie in 3D, so I can’t tell you how essential the 3D was in the storyline. I’m not a fan of the entire 3D revival phenomenon but there didn’t appear to be any “yoyo jutting out into the audience” type moments.

This movie surprised me in that it did enough things well enough to make me ignore all the things that it probably could have done better. For instance, the only sour note in the acting department came from Sam Worthington himself who seems to walk throughout the entire movie as a slightly pissed-off jock. Granted, his entire adopted family has just been killed, he’s been told that he’s a demi-god and now he has to journey to parts unknown to save a kingdom partially responsible for said death of previously mentioned family. Also, the young fanatical Hades worshiper was also a bit over the top (how did that guy get away with burning his forearm like that? He does know it’s going to get infected, right?).

The nod to “Bubo,” a mechanical owl from the original movie, wasn’t handled very well. Off-screen, Worthington reportedly was somewhat critical of the owl and that’s unfortunate because while the movie does well enough with it’s “dark and edgy” take on the classic movie, a little light-heartedness can go a long way. A brief joke about large scorpions from Worthington is as light hearted as this journey gets so anyone expecting to crack smiles during this movie best check out some actual comedies instead because we’ve entered the “oh-so-serious” territory of the late-stage teenagers.

“Clash of the Titans” is good for what it is – A summer blockbuster styled movie with more action then words, more special effects then plot. Yet the journey is more somber then it needs be and besides the superficial education that needs to transpire to learn about the Greek god characters, nothing memorable occurs.

Supposedly, this movie is the first of a trilogy (of course, because everything is trying to be a trilogy nowadays), the second of which is scheduled to start filming shortly. My only advise to this aspiring trilogy – Start enjoying the journey. Moody teenagers like to sulk, not the rest of your audience. Lighten up.

And bring back Bubo.

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