Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Clash of the Titans

I FINALLY saw Clash of the Titans last night. I can't believe it took us so long. I really wanted to see it in the theater, but we never made it.

Let me first say that I truly love the original Clash of the Titans from year. That is a classic work of cinema that should never be tampered with. My worst fear for the new version was that it would try too hard to be like the original.

It didn't.

In fact, there were few similarities. The primary conflict was the same - war between the gods and humans, impending doom, kracken, medusa head.

This new movie had no love connection between Perseus and the princess. Pegasus was brownish black instead of white and Perseus never had to capture it. There were also a bunch of new characters that contributed significantly to the story.

The new Clash of the Titans was better in some respects. First, the supporting character development was much, much better. In the original, the soldiers that accompanied Perseus to Medusa's lair felt more like expendable crew members (red shirts) than actual people. They were there so the audience got to see Medusa turn people to stone. The soldiers in the new version were far more meaningful to the story. One of them even served as a sort of father figure to Perseus.

Perseus' character had more personality too. He resented being a demigod and resisted help the gods offered.

I don't want to compare the special effects because there really is no comparison. Old school Clash of the Titans was genius beyond genius for its time. Everything was done by hand. That should always be appreciated and maybe even revered.


New Clash of the Titans was a more intense movie watching experience. Everything was bigger or shinier or whatever, you get the idea. There was much CGI fanciness.

The movie was very, very good. This one gets an A.

chanting: sequel, sequel, sequel
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