Monday, April 05, 2010

Titans

I just saw Clash of the Titans and while it wasn't bad, it wasn't good either. The only big improvement was the special effects and Medusa.

What was worse?

I didn't like the story line as well as the original movie. Both movies wandered a long ways from the original myths, movies always do, but this one seemed to wander a bit further. Actually it just didn't have the charm of the original.

The new Andromeda wasn't as stunningly attractive as the original.

I was also put off by the Humanistic outlook of the screenplay. Badly put off. It by itself almost ruined the movie for me. I have seen Humanistic movies that I was able to enjoy but this was so ham-fisted in it's worldview that it was actually very distracting.

They say man does not need a God. I remember that great line from Superman Returns:

You say that mankind does not need a savior and yet, every day I hear them crying for one.

11 Comments:

Blogger Tim said...

I liked the original film, and have not seen the new one because it has garnered several negative reviews. Did you to say "They say that man does not need a God"?

I sort of remember that from the original, and I'd say that, yes, man does not need the Gods of the ancient Greeks, but would heartily concur with your position regarding the God that we believe in. The Greek Gods were nothing more than vain, petty, superhuman immortal people, with all of the flaws of mankind amplified in alarming magnitude. The first film reminded me of Homer's Illiad, how the God's took sides in the struggles of the mortal heroes as if there lives were nothing more than a chess game. Very entertaining, but hardly worth worshiping.

10:58 PM  
Blogger Chuck said...

I'm having a little trouble getting worked up over this one. The effects look cool but it just isn't getting me excited. Can't even say why.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Z said...

I'm not into movies like that but I'm just glad you're blogging again :-)
I've been a couch potato today on purpose..this grief thing hits at different times and can wreck you, believe me...
But, the movie channel's accomodated me by showing tons of black/white old films I've really enjoyed...except that they're so anti God (showing Christians as uptight as people can be, typical of Walter Huston) and so socialist in their messages....these are in the thirties and BOY, did we have commies for writers. amazing.

8:15 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Again, politics creeps into a post that has nothing to do with politics...

9:31 PM  
Blogger Chuck said...

Z, sorry to hear your having a bad day. Hope it goes better.

It is good to see you back around Shoprat.

10:31 PM  
Blogger Ducky's here said...

When you try to take all the "B" movie out of Harryhausen thinking the multi millions is going to give you a film that's more fun ... well, Harryhausen is revered for good reason and you better have a good reason to think you can improve on him.

1:08 PM  
Blogger Ducky's here said...

z, if you have a Netflix account order "Miss Mend". It was an early Soviet era take on the early American serials.

The workers foil an attempted poison gas attack by the corporate class collaborators. Pretty funny.

Boris Barnet directed, pretty strong technical director.

1:12 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

I have not, and probably will not see the movie.

I go twice a year or so, whether I need to or not.

8:25 PM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

I plead ignorance on knowing my myths. I simply enjoyed the film for its effects -- and the fact that I caught it in 3D.

BZ

12:57 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

Up till about 25 years ago I regularly read a magazine called The Humanist (until I was tired of being bored to death by the content) and they frequently used the rejection of the Greek gods by some ancient philosophers as a metaphor for rejecting all divinity including the Judeo-Christian God.

12:17 PM  
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