Ever since Avatar, it feels as though all films are trying to live up to it. What's worse is that all action and animated films are trying to be made solely for 3D effects. While I've noticed this lately, it was really visible in Clash of the Titans, the 2010 remake of the 1981 film of the same name.
I love Clash of the Titans. Having seen both, I think the 2010 version is what was wanted for the original. The film is larger in comparison to the original as well as having more action and visual effects. I found it to be incredible and kept me on the edge of my seat.
The humor in it is silly, borderline childish at points, while the comic relief steps in at just the right moments. Much of the humor is drawn from one liners spoken by the characters. After fighting his way out of a scorpion, Perseus responds to a fellow warriors complaint of having to ride on one:
"It's a lot better than being on the inside."
Humorous, yes, but nothing groundbreaking. It didn't really add much to the storyline, but kept my attention and gave a break in the action and drama going on.
The story line isn't 100% faithful to the original, but I think that was necessary to help add the visual effects that makes the movie as stunning as it is. Medusa is one of my favorites and I must say I feel sorry for her. Turning any man who looks at her into stone is a horrible way to give men a hard on, but I guess to each his own.
Being the first film together since Schindler's List, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes once again stand on opposite sides of the battlefield, portraying brothers Zeus and Hades respectively. I forgot that Fiennes was in the film and when Hades appeared, I couldn't figure out who it was. The make up is great and his attempt at disguising his voice was well done. He had a sense of spookiness rather than horror as one would expect with death and mourning.
We watch as Perseus, son of Zeus who believes he is a man, struggles to accomplish the "impossible" as just a man with no aid from the gods. He fights off scorpions, witches, flying demons, stone cold goddesses, half-man/beast creatures, and of course, the Kraken.
All in all, not the greatest Greek Mythology film ever made, but it is definitely one that keeps you on the edge of your seats waiting to see what happens. The acting isn't inspiring, the dialogue mind blowing, or the story line original, but I enjoyed it. Though the film is obviously made to be viewed in 3D, it worked just as well in 2D and is also cheaper. Definitely a film to check out.