Company: Warner Bros.
Running Time: 99 minutes
While the first movie wouldn’t rate as a “favourite”, I particularly enjoyed watching Wrath of the Titans. The makers do such a brilliant job of drawing you into their world with visuals, graphics, costumes and designs. And then, with a few destructive monsters, they tear it all apart. What more could you ask for?
The graphics are my favourite part. It’s like a visual feast! The details are intricate and thorough, the backing-sound perfect, and the sets are absolutely gobsmacking. The imagination behind this movie is something to behold. The cameras take you from the rumbling depths of Hades domain, up to a fishing village, across a sea, onto a misty island, through an always-moving rock maze, and then into an exploding battle scene. Really, exploding. Almost everything gets moved, shattered, blown up, rearranged (like the rock chasm maze), incinerated or trampled. Talk about an “action movie”…
I love how they “created” the world. I’m not sure how “historically-correct” the fishing village was, but it felt real. Dusty. Grimy. Poor. There are no perfectly clean actors around here. The short scenes, the snippets of Persues’ and his son, Helius’, lives, the other villagers — all helped make the world real. Full marks there.
And the acting? Well, the dialogue leaves a lot to be desired (like, say, life and spark), but the actors seem to deflect that and make the circumstances shine on their own. The Queen (Andromeda, who Perseus saved in the first movie) is powerful and realistic in her role as the “fierce and fighting” leader. She’s no push-over. Angenor (a demi-god; son of Poseidon) is the comic relief. He’s funny, but not quite funny enough. I enjoyed the entrance of the dithering Hephaestus (the maker of all the gods’ weapons). And his workshop looked amazing! The detail and thought put into the sets basically makes up for anything else. Or so I think…
But as soon as Perseus’ son (Helius) enters the scene, I knew there’d be trouble. Perseus obviously loves his son. Now that’s going to be used against him, I think. Either I have a sixth-sense or it’s actually a cliche plot movement. I’m suspecting the latter, but let me indulge myself by believing the first.
And Perseus himself? He comes across as a quiet hero, ready to do the dirty work and do it well, but (at the same time) not eager to jump into it. His character hasn’t seemed to evolve too much from the first movie. He’s not proud to be a demi-god. But he’s not bitter about it either. Altogether, there’s nothing particularly memorable about Perseus. Just that he’s willing to fight, and die, if he needs to for those he loves.
And let’s not forget the gods! Zeus. Hades. Poseidon. And the many demi-gods and sons of gods and fathers of gods. Oh, and there are also little humans, but we won’t get too caught up with them, will we?
I love the twist of relationship between Hades and Zeus. Fantastic. The movie actually brimmed with real, heart-warming themes that I never get tired of watching. I loved Hades and Zeus at the end. “Let’s have some fun.” That I love!
Maybe there are cliche moments. Maybe the dialogue could have been better. Maybe the visuals sung of Sauron and Mt. Doom more than once. Maybe the plot didn’t twist as much as the first movie (but don’t worry, almost everyone dies, same as the first. That’s so frustrating). But I enjoyed watching it, short though it was. I loved the plot, the effects, the twists, the acting and the griminess.