Once upon a time there was a period in which fantasy movies were pure of heart, full of awesome claymation and didn’t take themselves too seriously. That time is gone. Perhaps one of the first fantasy-mythic-epic movies I saw as a child was Desmond Davis’s Clash of the Titans. And yeah, just like everyone else who ever took a Latin class, it was one of those movies we watched every year because the teachers had seemingly forgotten we watched it the year before. Be that as it may, the movie, though dated, is good. I don’t care who you are, but if you watched that movie as a child, then odds are you have fond memories of it. Director Louis Leterrier has apparently made it his life’s ambition to rip those beloved memories from our hearts and tear them into tiny little pieces.
Now I’m all for epic fantasy movies, hell, I love even non-epic fantasy stuff, just watch Krull and you’ll see what I’m talking about, but this new Clash of the Titans just looks…odd.
What made the original watchable was the genius Ray Harryhausen and his brainchild of special effects: stop motion imagery. The man was pretty much a demigod in the movie world, single-handedly changing how movies were made.
And so we come to this new incarnation, which looks like a bad rip off of Troy fused together with some B-rated mythological video games. Of course for all I know this movie could be nothing short of astounding, what with Sam Worthington fighting off giant computer generated scorpions, who by the way, appear as if they belong in a TV movie. But heck, I’m not going to judge.