Saturday, April 10, 2010

MidAisle Critique: Clash of the Titans

Honestly after seeing Terminator Salvation, Avatar, and now Clash of the Titans, I am convinced that Sam Worthington is a boring, cardboard like leading man that actually sucks away all of the CG energy being dashed upon the screen.

As I watched the 2010 2-D version of Clash of the Titans, I felt rather underwhelmed by what I was seeing. Now I will admit that my underwhelment did not come from seeing the CGI. No, I would say that the biggest underwhelming aspect of the film comes from the directors inability to tell a decent story. The original Clash of the Titans was indeed campy: but at least you got a sense of some sort of story structure. The new Clash attempts to revamp and modernize the films key components and in many ways loses any originality in its execution. Action sequences piggy back off other seqeunces, moments of "drama" are almost laughable, and not even Ralph Fiennes or Liam Neeson can pull together a decent performace. I find that in a film that lead the main character from humble roots to great responsibility to a big showdown to a resolution that the characters inolved HAVE to provide depth for the audience to be interesting. This is not the case in Clash of the Titans, and just like Worthington's "arc" in Avatar, you never get the sense that anyone really becomes anything different than who they started out to be. In fact the opening narration in the film gives away EXACTLY what is going to occur. Sure we (as an audience) have a sense to what occurs in action films like this; but to not allow any surprise is simply to insult any intelligence that we have in viewing.

It honestly comes down to structure, and quite honestly this film is terrible in that department. It isn't even a good adaption. Its like a fair remake which pulls away any sense that it will be remembered, or even discussed past its theatrical release.

I must say, the film itself isn't terrible but it surely does not flatter the subject matter, doesn't offer anything new, and is simply a piece of bland cheapened cinema. Oh, and for the record, I do not believe in the hype of 3D in live action film. I only think that animation truly looks acceptable in this form, and for a film like Clash to add the 3D elements in Post Production really just adds to the argument that is just a simple marketing tool.