Clash of the Titans 3D (12A)
Cast: Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Flemyng
Director: Louis Leterrier
Running Time: 106 minutes
Even though it was released before I was even born, I remember watching the original Clash of the Titans (1981) movie quite a few times when I was younger, so of course I was intrigued rather than excited when I heard there was to be a remake of a film I loved when growing up. The original was a classic, albeit cheesy, and had great stop motion animation monsters just like the old Sinbad movies, so I wasn’t expecting the remake to a complete masterpiece.
In case you’ve led a sheltered life and haven’t seen the original, the story is about Perseus, son of Zeus who is half human, half God and goes on a quest to save Andromeda from being sacrificed to the Kraken, a monster made from the very flesh of Hades himself. Perseus sets out to find the three witches who he hopes will give him a solution to stopping the Kraken, which leads him to fights with Calibos, giant scorpions, and even a showdown with Medusa. He has to get there and back within 10 days before the Kraken returns.
Since Avatar, Sam Worthington seems to be the guy Hollywood studios are turning too and he does a good job as Perseus. The whole cast was chosen well, apart from one of the soldiers who is played by Skins’ Nick Holt. He’s unbelievably wet and couldn’t even scare away a kitten let alone fight monsters. Gok Wan would have made a more manly warrior. Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes were great as Zeus and Hades respectively with Fiennes stealing the scenes for the most part as the God of the underworld. Calibos, played by Jason Flemyng, doesn’t have as big a part as the Calibos from the original but the times he is seen, he plays his part well and is in some great fight sequences. It’s just a shame some of the action suffered from some poor camera work, making it hard to see what’s going on at times which really does annoy me as I always think, why go through all that effort to make it look like a blur.
There are a couple of new characters this time around including the creatures know as the Jin who end up helping Perseus and his men through his journey and Io played by Gemma Arterton who is another Demi God like Perseus and helps direct him on his path.
You can’t complain at how much CGI is in the remake as you only have to have seen the original to know how many monsters there are to know that it’s necessary. The Kraken looks immense but my only problem is that it isn’t seen enough. In the original, it’s seen at the beginning and at the end, but in the remake you have to wait right until the end to see it emerge from the depths of the ocean, and it would have been great to see more of it.
The same goes for Pegasus as you only see him for a couple of minutes half way through and then briefly at the end when he helps Perseus defeat the Kraken. Another small let down was Medusa who was a beautiful woman, but made the Gods jealous because of her beauty so she was transformed into a hideous creature and anyone who looked upon her turns to stone. In the original she was a hideous creature, but I was disappointed with the new version as her face still looked normal and only changed when she turned people to stone which I was quite disappointed with as it felt like a bit of an anti climax when seeing her.
These are only small things that I’m being picky about as I was comparing it to the original as any fan of the original Clash of the Titans would. There’s even an appearance from the clockwork Owl from the original which is a nice touch and to me it just shows how well respected Harryhausen’s version was.
The main downside to the film was the 3D element and I have to say is possibly the worst that I’ve seen of the recent 3D films to date. That’s not to say it was really bad, it’s just other films have made a better job of how the 3D was used and isn’t a patch on Avatar or Alice in Wonderland. But don’t let this put you off seeing it as the 3D side of films is just an added bonus to try to make you feel more involved and immersed in the action. The scenes with Medusa could have been done better to really capitalise on the use of 3D but sadly felt quite flat with next to no suspense.
Overall, I was impressed with the remake of Clash of the Titans and did enjoy it. The cast was very strong, the storyline was well worked with a few nice touches which made it its own version. The effects really were impressive and the action was great for the most part. The 3D was quite poor and in my opinion isn’t really worth paying the extra money just to wear some glasses. I’d stick with the 2D version as it’ll be just as enjoyable.
3 out of 5