Here’s a question for you: With such great source material, an awesome version made years before to work off of, new technological advancements in the world of computer graphics, and a decent cast, how can anybody end up making an awful, boring movie? I guess I shouldn’t actually be asking you though; I should instead pose that question to Clash of the Titans director Louis Leterrier and his three screenplay writers Travis Beacham, Phil Hay, and Matt Manfredi.
Admittedly, the 1981 Clash of the Titans had its corny moments (mostly due it’s lead, Perseus played by Harry Hamlin). But you have to admit, claymation or not, those monsters were pretty incredible. And who doesn’t like a very graspable story of good versus evil to save the damsel in distress by completing a series of awesome tasks? I mean, that’s been the recipe for good storytelling for forever. Not to mention the intriguing and honest characterization of the gods and goddesses as conniving, greedy, manipulative, and horny beings with all the flaws of humans but an ironically disproportionate amount of power over us all.
The new Clash of the Titans removes all that goodness from its plot and visuals. First off, can Sam Worthington be any more wooden in his role of Perseus? And I thought that Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson as Hades and Zeus was going to be pretty good, but it just felt like they weren’t even trying. On that same note, why did the movie become more about Hades versus Zeus than Perseus’ adventures? Greek mythology isn’t like Christianity; Hades isn’t the Devil and Zeus isn’t the one and only God. And what was up with that weird side story of obsessing believers of the gods who were really just annoying and distracted from the main plot? Also, the owl just making a cameo was absolutely not enough for me.
Overall, this movie was not good. It’s frustrating just writing about it, and thinking about how much better it could have been.
My rating: 3/10