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Dear Wrath of the Titans,

Having started this journey a little more than 30 years ago, I find myself at a loss. Its almost like this franchise spans two different creative universes. When in 1981 I saw the original Clash of the Titans in the theater, I had had been weaned off of my Jason and the Argonauts childhood and had been indelibly altered for a new special effects benchmark by Star Wars.

But that was okay, I thoroughly enjoyed that film and gladly paid homage at the alter of legend Harryhausen. After all that time I thought man with a remake, what could they bring to the tale with decent CGI and a fine tuning of the plot! Well, yeah the Kraken and some of the other beasties were great but little else was. I tried to not malign it because my inner 10-year-old had fun, but other than that it was matinee fodder at best.

When you were getting close to the silver screen I was guarded in my estimation; and when I went I had very little expectation.

Unfortuntely, it was still to much. As your story unfolded and the crisis came quickly, I had an over-riding picture in my head of the director sitting down with the entire cast and telling them; “no matter what direction I give you ALWAYS and I mean ALWAYS keep your acting stoic. Stoic in response, stoic in emotion, and stoic in empathy. And I mean no matter what!”

And that is exactly what he got whether it was appropriate or not! Even in the face of the “father-this” and “father-that” speeches that over ran the film; they all showed about as much verve as a discussion you would have with your dentist. By comparison, it makes much of Keanu Reeves’ career look like Oscar-winning, high emotional drama! The only spark from the whole bunch came in the twinkling eye of Toby Kebbell and the earnest intensity of Rosamund Pike. Neeson and Fiennes should be ashamed, and Worthington should have to earn his SAG card back after this.

But was it a complete wash? No, it wasn’t. Not for me. My inner 10-year-old, as savvy and jaded as he can be, reveled in the visuals throughout this film. If the actors could have brought as much heart and attention to detail to their work as the animators did in theirs, the film would have been an epic success! The labyrinth in hell and the rising of Chronos very easily stand as the new benchmarks for large scale visuals. Spectacular doesn’t cover it, and in the end it was what offered the little redemption I found to not consider you two hours of lost time!

This franchise came in with potential and died like so much crumbling ash in my hands. I can still see Worthington tapping lamely his own shoulder at the end when Zeus bids him adieu.

I think when your DVD comes out I am going to take the last two films and splice together all the great action and special effects footage and create something far better than either one on was solely their own. Hollywood, you owe us for this!

Shaking my head as I trudge off,

Rick Sandlas

6 comments on “Dear Wrath of the Titans,”

  1. I didn’t think that Worthington was so bad. I agree his cohorts were much, much better, though. Honestly, to me if felt as though this entire movie was an abridged version, free of all the character beats that might make their relationships make sense, or add any weight to what goes on.

  2. I didn’t think that Worthington was so bad. I agree his cohorts were much, much better, though. Honestly, to me if felt as though this entire movie was an abridged version, free of all the character beats that might make their relationships make sense, or add any weight to what goes on.

    1. Ric says:

      For me if you are going to use reluctant subtlety, apply it at the proper time. He would get close to a real moment and then it would pass. I guess I am hard on him because I believe he can do much better.

      Your summation is spot on. I can get behind abridged characters if youre going to do soemthing with them ala Battle LA, but for christ sake dont give us speeches if you dont have something intrinsic to say!

      Its all just lost opportunity.

      1. Yea, and given the relative skill some of the action set pieces are done with its all the more shame. This is the same director as Battle: LA, you know.

        1. Ric says:

          Oh snap! Just crush my spirit why dontcha! LOL

  3. Fogsmoviereviews says:

    “By comparison, it makes much of Keanu Reeves’ career look like Oscar-winning, high emotional drama!” HAAAAA. Thats not even possible.

    I agree though, the story and acting sucked, but the visuals were pretty awesome. On the whole, though, you’re right. It’s a wasted chance at what could have been a good idea for a franchise.

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