April 1, 2010

'Clash' Proves that Remake + Big Names + 3D ≠ Good Movie

The new remake of Clash of the Titans (in theaters April 2, 2010) has everything you think you'd want in a big blockbuster action movie. Unfortunately, it's always tricky when remaking a classic film, and the new Clash doesn't compare to its original inspiration.

It has big names (Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes), big action scenes and big 3D effects, but the combo of these elements does not a good movie make. Yes, the new animation and special effects are far better than the ones used nearly 30 years ago, but after the success of Avatar moviegoers have a higher standard of what it takes to "wow" them.

Honestly, the movie isn't bad... it just wasn't great. To me, the 3D was almost distracting. In the fast and furious action scenes the details of the action were almost lost in the three dimensional shuffle. I was often confused as to which character was which. The good news is that the film is also out in 2D so if you plan on going to see it I would definitely recommend that version.
I don't have entirely bad things to say about Clash, though; I do have to give a shout out the stunningly beautiful Gemma Arterton who plays the mysterious demigod Io. I couldn't stop staring at her.

If you're looking for a good date night action flick then Clash of the Titans is a good pic for you. If you're looking for something to live up to the original, I'd say to skip it or save it for your Netflix queue. Check out the trailer for Clash of the Titans here:

Are you going to see Clash this weekend?