Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Clash of The Titans
There are some films out there that are simply begging for that remake. And why shouldn’t they? I know there are purists who think nothing should ever be updated or remade, but with all of the advancements available to filmmakers today, why not take a concept that worked and find another way for it to work? Many fans of the original, Ray Harryhausen produced, Clash of The Titans cried foul immediately, but that didn’t stop people from flocking to the theaters.
Now if people felt some sort of loyalty or attachment to the original and still managed to make their way to the cinema for the update, they might have found themselves pleasantly surprised. And in some cases, not so pleasantly. For instance, a pleasant surprise came in the form of more screen time for acting phenoms Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson, than perhaps was expected. Both actors manage to bring a modicum of legitimacy to the project, the way Sir Laurence Olivier did in the original. Something that was less than pleasant, to me at least, was some of the changes that were made to the story. I’m all for finding a way to stand out in the remake marketplace, but some of the changes were unbelievably forced and, frankly, unecessary.
Fiennes and Neeson, were not the only stand out performances, however. Another actor that commanded your attention while on screen was Mads Mikkelsen, as the warrior Draco. If you measure the script against the performance, and create some crazy algorithim to explain my feelings on the matter, Mikkelsen was down right riveting. This does not bode well for the lead actor, Sam Worthington, however, since they were seldom without each other through a good portion of the film. That isn’t to say that Worthington performed poorly, but he was outacted in many of his scenes. And, Worthington needs to start paying close attention to the career of one Gerard Butler, who hit acclaim in a big budget action film, only to be cast as the grunt in just about every film there after.
The special effects are leaps and bounds ahead of the original (for the record, I loved the original, and it’s cheesy effects) but somehow seem behind the times. Without drawing further comparisons, looking at a film like Avatar or even Alice in Wonderland, it seems to me that so much more could have been done with the CGI beasts and creatures. While the Kraken looked outstanding, Medusa was a little cartoony looking, as if all of the budget went to generating the gigantic sea creature. And with all of the liberties that were taken with the story, why not throw in a cyclops, minotaur, or nine headed hydra? Why giant scorpions? I must have skipped that story in my studies.
While not the strongest remake to date, Clash of The Titans 2010 is certainly a fun movie going experience. The story is familiar, with a few tweaks, and the monster count is a wee bit low, but the action is there and it is entertaining. Don’t expect to leave a mythological scholar after the film, but there is a good time to be had.
Also give a listen to our podcast episode where we discuss Clash of The Titans: