Film Review: Wrath of the Titans

Wrath_of_the_Titans Header2010’s Clash of the Titans may not be the best film by far, but for a blockbuster with quite the action and visual effects filled center, it is a movie I honestly don’t get sick of watching when I just want to get lost in something.  With this base and quite the exciting trailer, Wrath of the Titans was looking like a sequel that could far surpass the previous film in more than just sand and mixed mythology.  It could truly be great!

Well, it could have.  The first film had a story already provided to follow (granted I never saw the original Clash, so it could have just been loosely based), so this time I hoped that this world would really get to shine now that they could do anything.  But as my boyfriend said when we were talking about the lack of story structure afterwards, it felt as if they were making it up as they went.  I definitely agree with this, and the basic premise of Perseus needing to save the day as the Gods continue to lose power and suffer due to betrayal is also poorly set up, forewarning us for what is to come.

Clash was never one for sticking closely to mythology, which can be said for Wrath as well, and the parts that they tried to rectify that were incorrect about the first completely failed here.  I’m talking the romance.  In Greek mythology (as far as I know based on Google searching), Io was not connected to Perseus; definitely not romantically.  So what do they do to fix this?  They kill her, sometime between the first film and this.  This is all well and good, and the women he actually married in mythology post kraken is back.  But unfortunately like in the first film (not counting Medusa and the witches), women really have no place in this movie.  As the queen, Andromeda is the head of an army that is fighting the creatures escaping from the underworld.  But as you watch the film, it becomes apparent that her armor must just be for looks, because she does absolutely nothing except get flung around like a frail little girl.  Matter of fact, similarly to her attire, Rosamund Pike’s talent (which you may have seen in Pride and Prejudice or An Education) was never really called upon, other than for a few reaction shots that no one could pull off no matter how hard they tried.

The one thing that made the story of the first more than passable was the fact that it provided the minimal flow necessary to move smoothly from one CGI spectacle to the next, leading to a climactic battle with the kraken (side note: best part of Wrath is a wink towards Pirates of the Caribbean from Bill Nighy).  But the same can’t even be said here.  Starting with Tartarus.  For those of you who know Greek mythology then you will know what that is, but I don’t want to go into detail about how it is used.  Let’s just say that considering the grand scale of a set piece like this and how much material it could have provided, the allotted time spent with it was far from enough to justify the use of the location.

The action was actually pretty lackluster this time around, especially when compared to the first.  I will give credit to the artists who created a lava infused rock goliath, as well as produced the scene in which there were bodies pouring from the sky, but other than this goliath and a few Siamese twins from the underworld, there just wasn’t really anything to inspire jaws to drop.  Worse that than, for all the beatings taken, I never felt like the odds were against Perseus, making him the victor in situations that we have no reason to believe he should come out alive.

With high hopes crushed by this sequel, I can only recommend rewatching Clash of the Titans instead of wasting money on this majorly flawed follow up, with all of its undeserved relationship journeys and Sam Worthington’s disheveled hair.  Which really blows, because this was honestly one of the first times I have ever left a theater understanding why some people love 3D.  Now if you excuse me I am going to go sulk as I watch the trailer for Wrath because of what will always be no more than an empty promise.

Final grade: D           

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