I’d meant to post about this sooner, but for some reason I didn’t. So, here it is.
Last Saturday, April 3rd, I watched the new Clash of the Titans movie. I had rather high expectations, which is something I hate to do before seeing a new movie, but how could I not? I absolutely loved the first one. I went to the movie theater hoping that I wouldn’t be disappointed and eager to see a childhood favorite brought to life with modern digital effects.
Clash of the Titans (1981), directed by Desmond Davis and starring Harry Hamlin (Perseus), Laurence Olivier (Zeus), Maggie Smith (Thetis) among others, was a real fixture of my childhood. It was a movie that, while not perfect (the specials effects and some of the acting are really quite poor, now that I watch it again), really drew me into the world of Greek Mythology and inspired a lot of further reading and movie watching for me. And having gone back and watched it again, I maintain that it is a fantastic movie. I also noticed that Maggie Smith, who played the Goddess Thetis, a nominal enemy of Perseus throughout the film, has moved on to Harry Potter fame as the actress who plays Professor McGonagall.
So, when I went to see the new movie, I hoped, basically, for a simple refilming with modern special effects. Unfortunately, that isn’t what I received. The movie immediately diverted from the script of the original, as the scarred and disfigured enemy of Perseus from the first movie… isn’t the same scarred and disfigured enemy of Perseus in the new film. Perseus never meets the kindly old playwright from the first film. And while there is a touch of a romance in the new film, it isn’t the one I was expecting. Rather than a story of the romance between Perseus and Andromeda being the driving motivation for Perseus to defeat the Kraken, Perseus is angry at the Gods, specifically Hades, and eager to spite them.
While I enjoyed this film, it strayed violently from the original, and I really don’t think it improved by doing so. What should have easily been my favorite film of the year has fallen regretfully short.
Matt’s Rating: (1981)
Matt’s Rating: (2010)