Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Movie of the Week...or less so.

Clash of the Titans was gods-awful. It was like a bad Sci-Fi channel flick. Unfortunately it was all about men. I thought maybe with the update, we'd get badass ladies, like Athena, Hera, etc get nice parts, but I suppose Andromeda and Io could be considered a forward step, but Io turned out to be a trophy wife. Andromeda showed great will power to do the right thing among insanity and hubris.

The comic relief duo was not very comedic. The best comedic parts were possibly by Liam Cunningham's Solon.

The creatures looked like the ripped off of Guillermo del Toro films and Cloverfield too much. I could have sworn the Krakken was just reused from the creature in Cloverfield. The Witches look like creatures straight out of Pan's Labryrinth or Hellboy II.

I did notice upon watching how similar all religions really are, especially Christianity and Greco-Roman paganism. Zeus sounded an awful lot like the Christian God, especially when he was planning on sending disasters to make humans fear him again, to get them under control and make them worship him again. Didn't God essentially do this in the Old Testament, like, every page? The Djinn represented the Middle-Eastern cultures that we are so ignorant of. These two cultures were at war with each other for so long simply because they never bothered to understand and respect each other.

I saw the film in 3D, as I had no choice. But I don't think it would've made a difference. I did watch half of it without my uncomfortable, bulky, painful, 3D glasses on, and it didn't look different, so 3d was rarely used, and for no good reason was it used. The 3D sequences were completely messy. I had no idea what was going on in some of the 3D battle sequences. This was my first 3D movie experience, and it's made me want to never, ever see a 3D movie again. If I want 3D, I'll go see a stage performance....in 4D! If companies are going to make us spend money on 3D movies, make them worth our money. Don't just put 20 minutes of a movie in 3D (nd 5 of which are actually decent in 3D), and advertise it as being in 3D.

There was overall a lack of substance and depth. I was glad to see that there was a lack of sex and romance as a plot developer, but what happened was not a coming-of-age film, but rather a hollow action film. The lines of good and evil were very clear-cut, and Ralph Fiennes' voice as Hades helped in taking that route. Don't go see this; I'm sorry I promoted it.

But look on the bright side! This weekend is Kick-Ass (and Chicago's comic convention C2E2)! And that's a guaranteed good movie!

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