Just got back from watching Clash of the Titans in 3D. I wasn’t expecting great things from the film, but one of my daughters asked me to accompany her, and I thought, “What the heck; a chance for a little bonding time on the drive to Janesville.”
Turns out I vastly underestimated the film. It… is… simply… awesome! This is one of those projects that shows dedication and love from the creative team in every aspect.
Sure, the 3D is amazing (and you really ought to see it in 3D at least once). And the cast is just superb. Sam Worthington makes a wonderful Perseus, and Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes as Zeus and Hades are utterly convincing. Alexa Davalos as Andromeda and Gemma Arterton as Io round out the main roles admirably.
What surprised me, however, was the depth of the storytelling. So often high-budget films are train wrecks with thin plots full of gaping holes, not much more than a thread to carry the viewer from spectacle to spectacle. Not so with this version of Clash of the Titans. Character motivations propel a larger-than-life conflict from opening sequence to ending credits, with no gaffes or stumbles. Frankly, I found myself inspired by the heroic tale, even as I was delighted by the visuals.
“Purists” may argue that too many liberties were taken with Greek mythology, but I’d counter that the Greeks who made this stuff up on the first place were certainly taking liberties. What matters in this case is that an old tale was presented in a fresh way, connecting mythology to a modern audience.
And as I mentioned, there is loving detail throughout. Watch the flight of the Pegasus to see what I mean. Someone really cared to render the very spirit of the creature in its movements.
Don’t miss your opportunity to see this in 3D in a theater. While the 2D version will certainly be worth rewatching later, this is a spectacle you’ll want to see at least once in the fullest.