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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Now Showing: Clash of the Titans

All you need to know is that Clash of the Titans is a big, silly, noisy, cheesy blockbuster (if that wasn't already obvious from the trailers). And really, what else can one expect from a Hollywood film based very, very loosely on Greek mythology. Still I was interested to see the original updated, considering the advances in visual effects since the 1980s. While I found it a mildly entertaining diversion after a long, tiring day, the paper-thin plot seemed to end far too quickly. (And not in a particularly satisfying way either) For my friend who was with me, the film didn't end soon enough. The best part of this film, IMO, were the monsters which in all probability was why my friend did not enjoy it as much as I did. Considering the the acting talent showcased here, the humans, gods and demi-gods were almost all rather woeful or dull except for a few down-to-earth Argosian soldiers, who show common decency and courage in the face of insurmountable odds.

The Greeks, it has always seemed to me, were genuises at contriving monsters but their gods were indecently self-indulgent -- a case of gods being created in the image of man. I suspect them of being secret atheists despite their polytheistic facade which was probably devised to explain away all the crazy, inexplicable things that happen in this world. The excesses of the Greek gods are truly the stuff of Hollywood celebrities and soap opera material. Titans, does capture something of that but at the end of the day it isn't bothered by adherence to details or waxing philosophical ... Afterall, why let canon get in the way of spilling guts and shedding blood?

Oh yes, the film is very demographic specific and the end result is a dumbing down of one of the great classical tales of heroism and leadership.

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