- Warden Dike wrote:
- Just in case anyone was wondering, that's about $6.00 in the US. It would be worth it just for the Harryhausen stop motion creatures.
That's what I was thinking!
Here's my review, I don't think that it includes any spoilers but I leave the decision on whether to read it or not entirely up to you.
You would think that the colourful Greek Myths would lend themselves to becoming spectacular entertainment in this digital world, but still the artisans of Hollywood fall short of the ideals of Hellas.
Louis Letterier’s movie is based loosely on Ray Harryhausen’s much loved 1981 movie, which was itself loosely based on the Perseus myth, and it proves to be a very loose affair.
Sam Worthington plays a brooding Perseus who broods quite a lot. In fact it seems to be the only emotional expression that this demigod can manage. Motivated purely out of a lust for revenge this Persues is far less attractive than Harry Hamlin’s version.
Somehow he gets caught up in King Cepheus’ of Argos irrational war on Olympus and sets out to defeat the gods, not to save either the city or the Princess Andromeda, but for his own selfish reasons.
And off we go on a less than enchanting, and often erratic, stroll through Greek mythology. Along the way we meet some surprising creatures, such as the Djinn! Yep, that’s right, for some reason they extracted a character from Persian mythology to throw into this muddled mess with no explanation whatsoever.
Perseus goes through the well known acts, killing an over active Medusa and proving to be a terrible leader of men. For some reason Io, she who was turned into a heifer by Zeus, has been besotted with Perseus since he was born, no that’s not in the myth either, and she lends a demigod type hand along the way. Gemma Arterton is very pretty but her role is little more than scenery to be honest.
A mixed up Zeus, at first ignorant of his son’s existence – so much for omnipotence then, watches with interest as Perseus attempts to exact his revenge on Hades but there’s no sign of the demigod’s real champion, Athena. Of course Dad becomes less ambivalent, especially when he discovers that brother Hades is the source of all his problems with the mortals. Liam Neeson never gets a chance with this role, especially when encased in glowing plate armour!
The climax is far from that, more of a relief really. The mighty Kraken attacks, Andromeda is held up for sacrifice, for some reason there’s only a handful of palace guards to protect her from the mob and no one thought to bolt the doors, and Perseus arrives in the nick of time to pursue his own vendetta, never mind the princess hanging out their like a carrot on a pole!
Does 3D add anything to a movie? Well, I think not. There seems to be very little use of 3D, probably because that’s not how the film was originally made, it’s one of those retro effects on this movie. Also, when the action does get going it tends to become a little blurred making it difficult to see what is happening.
I conclusion this represents a missed opportunity of immense proportions. It’s bad enough that the source material is treated with such a lack of respect, but not unexpected. The hero is so far from being heroic that he’s a contradiction in terms and the representation of the Olympians is just unimaginative.
Point of Interest: I’ve been to Paxos and it’s no where near Argos, just another illogical element thrown in by the screenwriters, perhaps one of them had a holiday there?