Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Movie Review: Wrath of the Titans: They Forgot the Plot

Against my better judgment, I watched Wrath of the Titans (2012). Luckily, I had already heard so many bad things about the movie, that at times I was pleasantly surprised. At times. The movie has some pretty good-looking special effects. Kronos and all the mythological beasts look great. However, in general you can’t really say this is a good movie, and I will tell you why.

First of all, it lacks what every movie need, a good plot. Or maybe there was a plot but they edited all the important dialogue out to make more room for meaningless but good-looking fight scenes. Although the movie only lasts for about 90 minutes, it feels like the story was meant to take 5 hours. Most of what happened is left unexplained, and every 5 minutes I found myself asking “Why?”. Zeus comes to ask the help of Perseus to defeat a certain upcoming doom. Why? What can a demi-god without any real powers do that a lightning-wielding powerhouse can’t? Oh the gods lost most of their power because the people stopped praying. Wait! So how come Zeus and Hades can stroll through a monster-infested battlefield and throw lightning and other stuff at Kronos? The biggest disappointment was the labyrinth scene. Hephaistus build Tartarus, a huge prison, to keep Kronos in, and he build a labyrinth as only means for a person to get into the prison. The labyrinth looks very impressive, and would take anyone 20 years to get through, unless they starve to death. However, Perseus and the gang get through it in about 5 minutes. They get lost, Perseus falls in a hole and is separated from his group. Then he fights a minotaur-type monster and after that the entire labyrinth moves to make a nice clear path for Perseus to follow, oh and he is re-united with his friends. How? What? Why? That doesn’t make any sense.

As for the actors, the movie has a pretty impressive cast: Liam Neeson, Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes, Danny Huston, Bill Nighy etc. Sadly, most of the characters are extremely flat. They are boring and uninteresting. The only characters who seem to have some depth are Zeus (Liam Neeson) and Hades (Ralph Fiennes). They are played by some of my favorite actors so I was glad their characters weren’t as dull as Perseus or Ares. Zeus and Hades are brothers and underneath their plotting, schemes and back-stabbing, their brotherly love still shows. The scene where they walk through a battlefield like total bosses (or gods) and fling monsters away like they are toys, although completely incoherent with the rest of the movie, is really badass. Zeus telling Hades “let’s have some fun” is what you would imagine greek gods to do, because that is what they do in the mythology. The gods play with humans, they are almighty and all-powerful and just don’t give a sh*t. Bill Nighy did a pretty good job too as Hephaistus, I was truly laughing and enjoying his performance.

I’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg but this review is getting a bit long so I’ll stop here. The concluding question should probably be: is Wrath of Titans entertaining to watch? Yeah, kind of, if you don’t ask yourself why anything is happening but just enjoy the visuals.

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