Mythological films are always large spectacles, and they’re extravagant beyond anything. These films have always kept people’s interests, from the stories of Caligula, Noah’s Ark, The Ten Commandments to mockeries such as Monty Python and large-scale epics such as Troy.
There has always been a huge market for movies such as these, and studios have capitalized on them since the beginning. Though for a short time, they stopped being made. In 2010, Clash of the Titans was released to a market of hungry fans, who wanted exactly something like this. Though, as it turns out, the film itself wasn’t exactly the best.
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The Movie Review
The story is based on the legend of Perseus, a demigod son of Zeus. One day he is approached by none other than his father Zeus, the god of lightning, the sky, and the creator of all men. Though the people of his village and his entire life is the target of terror, when the god of the underworld, Hades plans to overthrow Zeus and destroy the world. No choice left to himself, Perseus must set out on a quest to fight many mythological beasts, in order to help Zeus, so that he may save the people he loves.
Director Louis Leterrier’s remake of the 1981 epic doesn’t bode well in terms of the overall writing. The pacing is all over the place, the film barely takes any time to connect you to these characters. It begins with a big epic moment and keeps on going without giving you any breathers. This would be okay in a regular action film, but this is a mythological film about Perseus himself, and the character definitely deserves more context and more story.
This film has zero conflicts going on when it comes to the story. The main conflict is supposed to be about Perseus coming to terms with his godhood. Yet, it is barely mentioned let alone explored. The conflict between Zeus and Hades feels much more natural, though that is because two absolutely fantastic actors are playing those characters. The rest of the cast feels almost uninterested, though Sam Worthington tries his best to bring emotion to his character, but it doesn’t get enough screen time.
Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes bring the best performances in this film as the godbrothers Zeus and Hades. Their chemistry is on point, and the interactions between them, far too few, are still fantastic to witness due to their screen presence. Sam Worthington does a commendable job as Perseus, though his character stagnates in development despite being the protagonist.
The best aspects of this film by far are the visuals. This film features some absolutely fantastic CGI, the computer graphics were so brilliantly done that it felt almost photo-realistic watching these mythological beasts come to life. The cinematography itself though does suffer a lot from poor color grading and random frames that don’t really tell a story. However, when it comes to the action, the cinematography does kick it up a notch camera work is precise and calculated.
The music is there, and it does a decent job of raising the atmosphere of the film. It makes the stakes feel higher, but it doesn’t remain memorable enough. It does its job by heightening the tension and being an elevating force behind the film’s lackluster characters. Though despite the efforts of the composer, it’s as forgettable as the film’s characters.
Clash of the Titans was a film destined to be bland. From the beginning of the film, you can sense that there was no soul or passion behind this project. It felt like a big, action, studio movie that was made to rack up cash. It’s filled with extravagant moments and large set pieces, though it’s missing a lot of the minor detailing that makes for good cinema.
- Great action sequences.
- Fantastic visuals.
- A decent story.
- Underdeveloped characters.
- Bland acting, almost no chemistry between the actors.
- Boring cinematography and color grading.
- Forgettable music.