Movie Review: Clash of the Titans (2010)

Posted: April 7, 2010 by Brian in movies, Review
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Remakes usually do no justice to any original films, but that’s because they are always being compared.  Why can’t films be taken for what they are, regardless of whether they’re incarnations of their predecessors.  If people could do this they would see that the latest attempt at the 1981-classic, Clash of the Titans was nothing less than an epic masterpiece with only a couple of inconsistencies.

The Good: The visual effects were top-notch.  Personally, I think great visual effects are those that you can’t notice.  If you can tell something is fake, it ruins the illusion a bit, yes?  The Kracken, the scorpions, the pegasus, and Medusa all looked exceptionally real.  The story, if you take it for what it is, is not bad at all either.  All these critics complaining about it not doing the original any justice are way out of line.  Things like a magic helmet and an electronic metal owl, both from the original movie, would not fly with today’s movie-goers.  And the actors played their parts really well.  No complaints in that department at all.

The Bad: Only a few things I noticed that killed it for me.  First, I thought Perseus was the son of Zeus but the way this boy swims and can hold his breath, you’d think he was son of his uncle Poseidon.  There was two scenes where Perseus swims underwater for what seems like forever at one point diving for what seems like hundreds of feet to a sinking boat to try and rescue… well, I won’t give it away.  Also, why is Perseus the only one in all of Argos with a perfect military buzz-cut? Did they have clippers in ancient Greek mythology?  And lastly, the one and only use of the word “bitch” in the movie was completely unnecessary.  Perseus refers to Medusa when he says, “Don’t look this bitch in the eyes”.  I really doubt that “bitch” was in Webster’s Ancient Greek Dictionary.

Verdict:  If you can dismiss these minors, as I did, you’ve got a pretty good time at the movies.  Just make sure to steer clear of the 3-D version since the movie was not made with 3-D in mind.  The format was added much after the film was already made after they studio realized how much money the popular 3-D films were making.  You can’t notice the 3-D much and the film looks better in regular format anyway.

MiYM Score:  7.50/10

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Comments
  1. Mrs. M says:

    Thanks for that very informative review Brian. I’m very excited to go see this movie next week–I’ll definitely take in consideration watching it in regular format…as was intended, like you said. BTW, I LOOOVE Sam Worthington!!!

    • Brian says:

      Absolutely! I think Sam has a long career ahead of him, and the guy is a decent actor, and his good looks don’t hurt either. Definitely check it out! Thanks for the comment 😀

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