Clocking in at a 118 minutes, this is not your daddy’s Clash of the Titans. Doing away with all the minutia of the original, this remake moves at a break neck pace, giving the audience very little time to catch their breath. Now before I get to the review, I must say… this movie does not need to be nor does it feel like it’s in 3D. Hollywood, if your listening, not every movie needs to be 3D!
So as the story goes , it resembles the original, with a lot of the exciting bits from the 81 classic amped up in the story. Giant scorpions? Check. Medusa? Check. The Kraken? Check. It’s all here, but like any good remake it’s what is new and fresh that can make or break the movie. So what’s new? Well how about Hades?
Replacing Maggie Smith‘s Goddess Thetis as the main protagonist, Ralph Fiennes’ Hades is one of the real highlights of the film. This guy just knows how to play a badass. So after causing the death of Perseus’s (Sam Worthington) adopted family, our favorite demi god decides to get his bloody revenge on the god of the underworld. After declaring that the city of Argos will be destroyed by the last Titan (the Kraken), Hades gives the King ten days to decide… sacrifice your city or your daughter Andromeda (Alexa Davalos). So begins the long journey of Perseus and his motley crew, which includes Draco (Mads Mikkelsen of Casino Royale) and a welcome edition to the overall story, Io played nicely by Gemma Arterton. Now all though the story is slightly different, the end goal remains the same… get Medusa’s head and use it against the Kraken. (And for all you Bubo fans don’t worry our favorite little mechanical owl has a nice cameo).
Directed by Louis Leterrier of Incredible Hulk fame, the movie looks good with a only a couple of questionable decisions. There are some real quick cuts during fight scenes as well as the decision of making Pegasus black (WTF?). Where he really shines is what I felt is the center piece of the whole film; Medusa’s Temple. There are no wrong decisions here. This is by far the best Medusa ever and she is by far the best CG creature in the film. She’s both sexy and ugly. By far my favorite part of the whole film.
I really enjoyed this movie and will be more than happy to add it to my always growing DVD collection. If there’s one weak link in this film, its Liam Neeson as Zeus. He’s not bad, but he’s not great either. This is the real first summer popcorn flick of the year and I highly recommend this film. So go out and enjoy it, ’cause we’re less than a month away from Iron Man 2.