Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Clash of the Titans: 3 ½ out of 5

By: Chelsea Delz

I recently saw the latest rendition of the 1980s cult classic Clash of the Titans, but don’t be fooled because even though both films share the same title it does not mean they share the same story.

This is the story of Perseus (Sam Worthington). Perseus is ready to take on the Gods after Hades (Ralph Fiennes) kills his family. Little does he know that he is actually a demi-god and the son of Zeus, (Liam Neeson) king of the Gods.

Perseus then realizes it’s his destiny to rescue the city of Argos from Hades and the Kraken. He organizes a group of soldiers and heads out on his quest to “Find and fulfill your destiny,” Sir Laurence Olivier as Zeus Clash of the Titans 1981.

Honestly, I enjoyed this version but I am a huge fan of the original so I have to say it was not as good as its predecessor. I think the thing that bothered me the most about this film was there was no love story and the original was a big love story. Perseus’s love for Andromeda was what sent him on his journey to save the city of Argos. It was also Andromeda’s former suitor that was one of Perseus’s major foes, unlike in the new film.

I also missed the usage of the other Gods and Goddesses. In the 80s version we saw and heard from almost all of them, but in this one they were merely there as part of the ambiance.

Plus, I did miss the campiness of the first one with the giant birds, the original Kraken, and Bubo the golden owl. What happened to Bubo?

However, this was definitely an action packed film that kept you jumping in your seat with excitement. I am giving this remake 3 ½ out of 5. Overall it was a great action fill and I think if I had not seen the original I would have loved this one even more than I do now.

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