“Clash of the Titans”
a review by Darby O’Gill

Someone please put back the Kraken! I don’t know about you, but I’m just about over the whole Hollywood re-make thing. I haven’t seen the original Clash of the Titans film in years; but I also didn’t want to watch it before seeing this new version, because I was afraid it would jade me. I was hoping I would be able to enjoy the new one a little bit more that way. Now that I’ve seen the new version of Clash of the Titans, I think I need to see the original movie I loved as a kid, and just hope that it’s enough to redeem itself for me. It’s not that the new movie is bad, as much as it’s not good. It felt like the pace of the movie was off. The score also didn’t really seem to fit at times; and if I didn’t know any better, I would have said it was temporary music. The score should have been epic and grand, but it was nowhere near that level. The one thing that really didn’t work, or make any sense for that matter, was the film’s use of the 3-D. There was absolutely no reason for this movie to be made in 3-D. If I had paid top dollar to see this movie in 3-D, I would have been so pissed! I realize that this contradicts what I’ve said before about the use of the 3-D format in modern films, but Clash of the Titans doesn’t even try to make it worth the audience’s time. I love that they didn’t poke things at the camera; but at the same time the movie also didn’t have that sense of depth, which makes me think they just wanted the extra six bucks a ticket. People really should complain and ask for their ticket difference back if they paid to see it in 3-D and not 2-D.

In Clash of the Titans, man has waged war on the Gods, which forces Zeus, played by Liam Neeson, to enlist the help of his fallen brother, Hades, played by Ralph Fiennes, to once again instill the fear of the Gods into the human race. In hopes of helping to stop Hades’ destruction of the city of Argos, a demigod called Perseus, played by Sam Worthington, chooses to join the fight, and embarks on an epic journey to stop him. The biggest problem here is that there’s just too much going on. But at the same time, the audience doesn’t seem to be overly involved. At no point do you care enough about Perseus to emerge yourself in his journey, which I don’t remember being the case in the original. Maybe I’m just becoming that old man that says, “In my day…” but I honestly don’t think that is the case. I think this movie just missed its mark somehow, and that the classic will remain just that.

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