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10 June 2010 @ 11:22 pm
Movie: Clash of the Titans  

Jeannie, Seanie and I went to see Clash of the Titans tonight.

My honest reaction?  Well, that was a clusterfuck of confusion.
I'm referring to the mythology, of course.  Since Clash of the Titans is a remake of a movie from 1981, some of the mythology weirdness can be blamed on those writers...like the Kraken.  Hello?  Not a Titan.  Not even Greek.  The Kraken was a monster from Scandinavian mythology, and was a squid-like creature, not a fishy humanoid.  This bugged me when I saw the first Clash of the Titans, and it bugged me again today.
But the new Clash of the Titans had its own bizarre moments.  I mean, djinn?  Why?  Why, movie?  Not only was the appearance of Arabian mythological creatures a little strange, the character design was awful.  The djinn are supposed to be men who have gained immortality by turning their bodies into stone (if I understood the movie correctly) but they look rather like the Nome King with blue LED lights for eyeballs.  The size of the djinn is really inconsistent, too.  In some screen shots, he looks twice as tall as the other heroes.  In others, he's only a couple of inches taller. 
Clash of the Titans 2010 also introduced a love interest for Perseus.  No longer does he fall in love with Andromeda, the princess he seeks to saves.  Instead, Perseus falls for Io, a mysterious woman cursed with no point in the plot agelessness who follows him on his quest to seek the Stygian witches and kill Medusa.  Io, who watched him grow up and did nothing to help him or his mother when they were cast into the sea by Perseus' earthly father.  I mean, dude.  She's shown watching the box containing Perseus and his mother float away into the water at the beginning of the movie, and later in the movie she proves to be a tough warrior babe.  Couldn't she have like, y'know, saved him or something?
I guess you're not supposed to pay attention to stuff like that.  But while on that topic, as Jeannie pointed out, in Greek mythology, didn't Zeus turn Io into a white cow, not grant her immortality?  And wasn't she already a nymph, not a human woman?  I wonder why the movie producers picked *that* particular character to stick into this revamped Clash of the Titans.

OK, enough bitching about the mythology.  I could go on for days if I let myself.

Was it a good movie?
Well, no.  Sam Worthington's acting consists of grunts and scowls, near as I can tell.  But he's good for action scenes, and there's tons of fighting to go around.  It was very diverting.  Many of the character designs were quite excellent, too.  I loved the obvious nods to the Minoan art in the fashion of the dancers and the hairstyles of the warriors.  Medusa looked fantastic.  The Kraken looked good.  The gods were waaaay too shiny (why was everyone wearing armor polished to the high heavens?) but looked regal and stately. 
So it was an entertaining movie.    I don't know that I'd watch it again...but it was fun.

VLelfbiter on June 12th, 2010 07:47 am (UTC)
Hmm. Original Arabic djinns were not humans to begin with (at least in the original legend) but desert spirits, some of which converted to Islam. Nothing to do with stone.
Suzik00kaburra on June 12th, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC)
I know!
The version I remember hearing involved the djinn building Solomon's temple...but at any rate, I have no idea where the stone thing came from...that's more like the Jewish golem or something.
VLelfbiter on June 12th, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
That's could have been the legend about Solomon's Seal which had power over spirits. Rings with the Solomon's Seal used to be very desireable items in occult stories (and sometimes in real-life occult societies).

I was also told (I haven't seen the movie) that the Kraken in the movie was a _humanoid_ of sorts. That's also would also be rather far from the original.
Suzik00kaburra on June 12th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)

He's like Cthulhu sans tentacle-face.
VLelfbiter on June 12th, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
Ah. And Godzilla jaws to boot. Special effects director might have demanded something that _roars_...
VLelfbiter on June 12th, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
To be quite exact, I previously saw _fan art_ about the movie depicting humanoid Kraken.
Suzik00kaburra on June 12th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
This movie has fans?
Sometimes the world is a dismal, confusing place.
VLelfbiter on June 12th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
So it seems. Unless the studio has viral marketing campaign using inexperienced illustrators or something like that.

As for the state of the world, I quite agree.
jeanniejeannietran on June 12th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
You can't complain about Sam Worthington running around in a dress all manly and dirty. You just can't.
fashion_piranhafashion_piranha on June 12th, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
I dunno, I think I complained even when Brad Pitt did it. I just like complaining :-p