Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Wrath of the Titans (PG-13)


I was slightly disappointed with Wrath of the Titans. It wasn’t good. It wasn’t bad. It was just kind of…okay. I now understand why there wasn’t a big line for the midnight showing last week. This had the possibility of being so much better but seemed as if everyone working on the film just didn’t care.

According to IMDB, “Perseus braves the treacherous underworld to rescue his father, Zeus, captured by his son, Ares, and brother Hades who unleash the ancient Titans upon the world.”

Part of this sounds familiar. It’s almost as if the producers saw Immortals and thought they could improve upon it. They couldn’t. Not by a long shot. I didn’t quite feel the need to walk out on Wrath but neither did I enjoy it. I grew up watching Clash of the Titans starring Harry Hamlin and while it was total cheese I understood that fact and enjoyed it all the more because of it. This didn’t even have that going for it. The lack of advertising didn’t help it much either. I think they knew what they were working with.

There were times in which it felt as if the actors were phoning it in. I am a fan of Liam Neeson (Zeus) and Ralph Fiennes (Hades) but, sadly, neither of them was very impressive. Sam Worthington (Perseus) and Rosamund Pike (Queen Andromeda) seemed to enjoy their roles but it wasn’t enough to bring this back from the brink of mediocrity. My favorite actor in the entire film, Bill Nighy (Hephaestus), was only seen for a short while. Hephaestus forged the weapons of the gods and in Wrath, Persues goes to him for help. Besides making pretty cool weaponry, Hephaestus was also responsible for building Tartarus, prison of the gods. He is very proud of his handiwork and is fun to watch as he works the puzzle he invented for the main entrance.

This movie earned its rating for violence and intense scenes only. There was no sex or nudity. I don’t recall much cursing, if any. I don’t think we saw anyone eating or drinking through the entire film so no alcohol/drugs. The violence wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. The grossest parts, for me, were the ones in which some monster is drooling. Eeeewww!

The one thing that frustrated me most about this movie is that they went out of their way to explain that the gods were losing their powers because people weren’t praying to them anymore and then the writers didn’t go anywhere with it. At one point Perseus tells people not to pray to Ares but at no time does he encourage anyone to pray to Zeus. Why on earth not? This is the conversation I imagine occurred during the story discussion:

Writer: Okay, what have we left out?
Lackey: We didn’t explain why the people weren’t encouraged to pray to Zeus so he would become more powerful.
Writer: We didn’t?
Lackey: Nope. It just doesn’t happen.
Writer: Well, huh. Too bad. Oh look! It’s time for lunch!

I really do think that’s the amount of thought that went in to a lot of this movie. Having said that, this is the amount of time I’m going to spend on my review. Or maybe a little more. If you like the remake of Clash of the Titans you might want to give this a chance. Maybe you’ll like it. Then again, maybe not.

There is absolutely no need to stay through the credits.

P.S. The electronic owl from the original Clash makes a brief appearance. I still can’t believe they left him out of the remake.

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