Yesterday I watched the 1981 movie Clash Of The Titans. Today, I watched the 2010 remake. Now I was on the fence on whether or not I would buy this movie. But at the time, several local Blockbusters were going out of business and so I got this fairly cheap. Man, the number of DVDs I picked up during that time period is staggering. I probably added at least 100 movies in a relatively short span.
Once again, the plot is loosely based on the Greek myth of Perseus. However, Where the original stayed somewhat true to the myth, this version kind of went its own direction. As mankind begins to rebel against the gods, Perseus’s family is killed by Hades. Hades then threatens the destruction of Argos unless they sacrifice Andromeda to the Kraken. But while Perseus goes to find a way to defeat the Kraken, Hades has an even darker plan in the works.
Now I have a mixed opinion on remakes of movies or TV shows. On the one hand, it is always interesting to see a different take on something that has already been done. On the other hand, it seems like it is somewhat unoriginal to do a remake. I mean, is it so hard to come up with an original idea for a movie that you have to redo something that was done more than 20 years ago? When I watch a remake, I always try to keep an open mind about it but sometimes it is very hard not to compare it to the original.
Now on it’s own, this is a pretty good action/fantasy movie. Lots of action that is fairly fast paced. The plot moves along pretty smoothly. The characters are well developed and you have no problem liking or disliking any of them. The scenes with the Kraken and Medusa are great. and definitely show the advancements in CGI and special effects. But at the end of the day this is still a remake and sometimes it is hard not to compare the two.
I did not like the addition of Hades as the main bad guy in this movie. I also didn’t like the additional subplot of Hades trying to take over Olympus. I thought the addition of Io as a love interest for Perseus was odd since he was supposed to be rescuing Andromeda. I did like the inclusion of the Djinn, even though they are a completely different cultural mythos. I did think making Calibos the deformed king, and Perseus’s step-father, an interesting twist. And I did laugh at the brief cameo of Bubo, the mechanical owl from the original movie.
All in all, I still enjoyed this movie.The differences between the two made this seem like an almost unique movie experience instead of a remake.
Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5