Movie Review: Clash of the Titans (2010)

Synopsis: Zeus' demigod son, Perseus, knows nothing about his lineage until the humans declare war on the gods and his adoptive family becomes an innocent casualty. Angry at Hades over his family's death, Perseus joins forces with the humans and goes on a quest to save a princess from the Kraken.

Who's in it? The movie stars Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton and Jason Flemyng.

Review: I originally saw this movie several years ago, not long after it came out on DVD, and didn't like it. However, I'm a huge fan of the 1981 original and, after some reflection, realized I probably didn't give this film a fair chance. So, when I had an opportunity to watch it again earlier this week, I decided to do so. And, after seeing it again, I do have a much better opinion of it.

I'll start out by saying I still prefer the original. Sure, this re-make has better special effects. But, there is just something much more memorable about the first version. That being said, there were still quite a few things about this film that made it worth watching.

For one, the better special effects do make it a fun film to watch. In particular, I loved the scene inside of Medusa's (Natalia Vodianova) temple, with the mythological creature stalking Perseus (Worthington) and his helpers. And, I have to admit those scorpions had me on the edge of my seat.

I also thought the addition of the Djinn was a nice touch. They were so intriguing, both because of their appearance and their magical abilities. In fact, one of my only real complaints about them is the movie didn't spend enough time teaching us more about them.

If I were to change anything about this film, it would be having the other gods more involved. Hades (Fiennes) was pretty much the only one that did anything. Zeus (Neeson) had some screen time but didn't do much more than talk and the other gods and goddesses were just in the background for the most part. They didn't need to have a ton more screen time but, considering this was supposedly a movie between humans and Mt. Olympus and not just Hades, it would have been nice to see a little more involvement from them.

Final Opinion: As I said before, I like the 1981 version better. But, this remake is still an entertaining enough movie to be worth watching at least once.

My Grade: B


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