I was delighted to know that the modern version of Clash of the Titans would be in 3D …only to find out that the movie was originally shot in 2D and was just rendered into 3D. I hardly felt the “3D effect,” considering that the movie had a lot of scenes that would have came out amazing should it have been shot directly in 3D. Setting that aside, the modern take still does justice to the original story. It’s entertaining and does not throw itself into too much visual effects. However, the original still stands better.
You’re not just part man, part god; you’re the best of both.
The overall film is good to look at. The frame and projection settings change according to the different moods reflected in the movie scenes. Cinematography is okay; it easily transports you to the ancient times of gods and heroes. The effects (viewed either in 2D or 3D) are just right for the set action sequences—visual overload is highly unlikely. Studio and on-location sets are reminiscent of those in the old film, thus preventing any comparisons to other films in its genre. The characters, notably the gods and goddesses, got a major upgrade in terms of costumes and set designs. Unfortunately, they weren’t given much show time to be really appreciated. CGI characters were definitely more realistic; Medusa actually looks better here. In fact, she’s beautiful! Beautiful, but deadly.
Trust your senses
…and don’t look this bitch in the eye.
But what actually pleasured me visually were the actresses: Alexa Davalos who played Andromeda and Gemma Arterton who played Io. Both were just beautiful and enchanting all throughout! I would say that without those two faces, this movie wouldn’t attract most of its male audience. 😀
I was actually surprised with the inclusion of Io, who was absent in the original film (and in the original Perseus story, for that matter). I thought, “What is she doing there?” Then suddenly, I saw a romantic angle between her and Perseus, to which I particularly disagreed. Andromeda and Perseus (played by Sam Worthington) look good together! Why introduce a third romantic party? Come on, in the original story, Perseus ended up with Andromeda and lived happily ever after! Don’t change the story! *sigh!* But in the end, the producers/scriptwriters/director got their way and had Perseus and Io together.
After the movie, I felt like there was something missing. I couldn’t make it out at first ’cause everything seemed accounted for. And then it hit me: No kissing/love scenes whatsoever! No one, not even the minor characters, did a public display of affection. Probably the closest to this was when Io was preparing Perseus for their face-off with Medusa: Perseus kind of tripped over Io; Io then placed her hand on Perseus’ chest/heart and told him to “calm the storm within.” And that was it. Not a big deal anyway—it’s an action-adventure movie and having a romantic side-story may irk some of its audience. But still kinda weird, considering that the original movie had its share of on-screen kisses.
The film obviously paid tribute to its ancestor by sticking as close as possible to the original script. There were particular lines that were exactly or almost exactly as those in the first film.
A divine gift should never be questioned…
Another act of paying homage to the old film is evident in the cameo of Bubo, the mechanical owl—although he was never active in Perseus’ journey. Such a shame, actually, but it might have made the story and the scenes overcrowded anyway.
Probably what made it less than a tribute was Perseus’ haircut. What happened to him!? Sure, the skinhead looks good on Sam Worthington, but in the original movie, Perseus had long wavy locks. And come to think of it, most guys in ancient times grew their hair long. I mean, how did Perseus cut his hair like that back then without any shavers or razors? Knives and/or swords scalping his head?
Looking at the film, I felt that it lacked the beauty and poetic creativity that its earlier version had. Just thinking that the visual effects involved a lot less labor compared to stop-motion animation decreased my appreciation for it. Now, I understand why film critics much prefer old films to the modern ones—back then, working hard for a film added to its aesthetic value and its art of rendering a story. But now that films are easily made they can be chock-full of visual effects, much to the detriment of a story.
- movie poster: Clash of the Titans [http://clash-of-the-titans.warnerbros.com/]
- Bubo picture: screen capture