Friday, April 2, 2010

A Clash of Acting, Not Titans by Taylor Ellis

With a story comprised of a great acting cast and a plot driven deep in the heart of Greek mythology ,“Clash of the Titans” looked to be a extremely promising flick that would sure to be an early 2010 blockbuster. As movie goers galore filled the theatre, a overwhelming sense of anticipation filled the room. It seemed as if everyone had a colossal amount of hope for Leterrier’s new film, and I must admit I did as well. Soon, it was show-time and my preconceived notions were soon to be shattered by the gods themselves.

“Clash of the Titans” follows the story of Perseus(Sam Worthington), Zeus’ bastard son who has been raised by a human family; away from the heights of Olympus. With a unfortunate set of events Perseus is soon whisked away from his quaint lifestyle and dropped in a feud between gods and men. While Zeus contemplates with the other gods, Hades has a plan of his own; to force the humans back into the will of the gods. Of course there is a damsel in distress and the city must choose over a beautiful princess or their beloved beachfront town.Perseus quickly realizes Mankind is angry with the gods “control” over humans, and the humans are angry with the gods. Personally, I am angry with both, because from this point out the movie takes many undesirable turns that will leave many audiences feeling flat.

We soon meet the overbearing and over-bearding Zeus, portrayed by Liam Neeson. At first Neeson seems to be the perfect fit for the “King of the gods”, but as minutes go by Neeson seems to become a little to serious in his portrayal, and at some points even a laughing matter. Zeus’ counterpart “Hades” portrayed by Ralph Fiennes adds a little more spice to the movie but just doesn’t seem to be evil enough to be playing the god of the underworld. With that being said a viewer could begin to wonder if the script itself was just a big mess up. While the gods seemed to be failing at more than the ruling of Olympus,Persues portrayed by Sam Worthington seemed to slowly lift the movie out of the depths of Hades itself. While I was no fan of Persues love interest in the movie “Io”, a ageless woman cursed by the gods portrayed by Gemma Arterton, I did understand the need of some sort of sex appeal for all of the teenaged boys out there. Overall their love story was out of place and just simply confusing. With the exception of the love story or lack thereof, I throughly enjoyed Worthington’s overall acting and all of the chaotic combat that he participated in; helping to cover up some of the movies early flaws. Overall Worthington did an “ok” job, nothing outstanding by any means but enjoyable at that.

While all of the other “major” stars continued to disappoint to me, there was a small, but rather large glisten of hope that resided within the movie from early on. This glisten of hope came from Draco portrayed by Mads Mikkelsen. Within the first hour of the movie Mikkelsen had impressed me the most with his potrayal of Draco. A rough, fierce warrior Draco seemed to be a well trained and battle hardened veteran. Draco’s hate of the gods was extremely evident but suppressed in a way that was hard to comprehend or understand. As the rightful leader of the army against the gods Draco came to give up his position to Perseus (Worthington) and except the gods may always have the ultimate favor. Mikkelsen delivered the audience a character that exemplified all of the courageousness traits a solider under those circumstances would have and proved to be the most memorable character of the entire film, in my opinion of course.

Before the showing many where talking about the CGI and the 3D that was input AFTER the initial production, which seemed to be at the very soul of “Clash of the Titans” (as seen by trailers nation wide.) (Note: I did not see “Clash” in 3D due to the fact that the movie was not initially made for 3D.) Being a person who loves CGI and respects the momentum that it expresses in films nowadays; I was hoping for another “Avatar moment” but this turned out to not be the case. The CGI in “Clash” seemed to be focused in about three instances throughout the movie. At point, a scorpion fight in “Clash” proves to be the weakest of all the CGI in the movie. It was hard to tell if this point in the movie was rushed or just not well done, to me it was both. Overall the CGI was pretty good but not commendable, and could have been so much more in so many ways.

Ultimately, “Clash of the Titans” was yet another huge letdown for movie goers everywhere. With its ruffled plot and decent story line, “Clash of the Titans fell short of the standards that many had hoped it would reach. Overall the acting and special effects are equally moderate, but not horrible. If taken lightly with a loving heart and a full bag of popcorn I suppose “Clash” can be considered a fun movie. But for all of the movie buffs out there I am sure this film will have you wanting to jump off the highest peak of Olympus within the first hour.

Rating: 2.0 out of 4

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