Review: Wrath of the Titans

I can’t say that I was a fan of the remake of Clash of the Titans.  It bored me and I found the action to be less than enthralling.  After seeing the trailer for Wrath of the Titans, I was surprised to find myself cautiously optimistic about the new film.  They cut together a fine looking trailer and it did its job in helping me look past the mediocre first film and look excitedly towards this sequel.  Then the reviews started coming in and they seemed like a pretty mixed bag.  I almost gave up on the idea of seeing Wrath but then realized I could go see it for $5 in 2D during a morning screening.  So I walked into the theater with low expectations and walked out of the theater having been mostly entertained.

Wrath of the Titans learns from some of the previous films mistakes.  One mistake that was corrected, while undoubtedly a small one, was Sam Worthington’s hair and accent.  In Clash, I felt Worthington stood out like a sore thumb with his shaved haircut which he had carried over from pretty much every film before it.  It’s like there was no effort to differentiate Worthington’s look.  In Wrath, they gave him a look that felt more from the world the character existed in.  They also let Worthington speak with an accent which, continuity problem aside, helps him in his performance this time around.  He became more believable to me.  The action in the film is better handled in Wrath than in Clash.  There was a definite sense of scope and the action became epic in nature which is befitting of an apocalyptic story like this one.  Another thing that I appreciated was getting to see the gods do some battle this time around.  It seemed kind of a waste to have those great actors in the film playing gods and not getting to see them really fight.  Oddly enough, one thing that the producers/studio didn’t learn from the previous film was not converting the film to 3D instead of shooting it natively in the format.  Wrath is a post-conversion job just like its predecessor which was largely maligned for its shoddy 3D conversion.  Knowing this, I opted to skip the 3D screening.  I don’t know how the conversion actually fairs this time around but I didn’t want to spend the money to find out.

The film lacks an original storyline but somehow managed to keep my interest in the film.  I wouldn’t say I was engrossed in the movie but I found it entertaining consistently enough.  There was a section of the film where I was starting to become a little disengaged but then Bill Nighy appeared on screen as Hephaestus, the god of fire/metalworking, and he injected some much needed humor into the proceedings.  Rosamund Pike as Queen Andromeda wasn’t the most well realized character (though to be honest, no character was) but she looked rather stunning in the film and was most definitely a treat for the eyes.  She also does a pretty good job with the material she has to work with.

There were many things in the movie that stood out as generic or cliche but what kept me entertained were the nicely realized visual effects and their implementation.  I know that may not be the best compliment for a movie but in this instance, it was a positive aspect of the film.  There were plenty of fantastic looking shots on top of some pretty fun action.  One aspect that helped with my enjoyment of Wrath was that it reminded me of an 80s adventure epic only made with today’s technology.  There was a sense of nostalgic fun thrown into the movie, intentional or not, that I picked up on which definitely helped create a fun atmosphere for the movie.

Wrath of the Titans won’t be wowing audiences across the nation.  At most, I think people will find it a fun diversion.  I can definitely see how others might find it unimpressive.  It’s not striving to be high art by any means but I do think that with the right mindset, you can walk away from Wrath having enjoyed it.  It’s escapist entertainment, light on character and story but full of excitement and adventure.  As far as I’m concerned, it did its job.  It was entertaining and contained some really fun, epic visuals.  And it made me want to ride a Pegasus into battle to go head to head against a giant god made of lava.  So there’s that.

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2 Comments on “Review: Wrath of the Titans”

  1. Ben McBride April 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    Yea, Kronos was pretty badass. All the monsters were pretty cool this time around but yea, Kronos was the best.

  2. Emie Faun April 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    I’m glad to have found another person who at least enjoyed this film!

    I agree with what you say about this film. Sure, it has its flaws. But who cares? It’s visually stunning, and has epic monsters (Kronos topping the list). What more do you need.

    I did see it in 3D. Although it wasn’t magnificently done, I enjoyed it just as much as I would have done. So I’m pretty happy that I saw it in 3D.

    Great review.

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