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Clash of the Titans is, of course, Ray Harryhausen's amazing display of stop-motion animation. Oh, there are some name actors in there (Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, f'rex), but really, it's about the monster puppets.

The story is basically that of Perseus and Andromeda, with some additions and switches. Perseus is set to die on the ocean as a baby, because the King of Argos is a jerk. But his daughter got knocked up by Zeus himself (as a golden rainshower; for a NSFW depiction, check here), so Zeus actually gives a shit, so he has Poseidon RELEASE THE KRAKEN and destroy Argos.

Perseus grows up to be a Greek Hero, and winds up sneaking into Andromeda's room with his magic helmet to watch her sleeping, which is totally not creepy in the slightest. He learns the answer to the riddle that wins her hand and keeps him off the bonfire, but then Thetis, ignoring the prayer of her now-monstrous son but totally pissed off because Cassiopeia said Andromeda was hotter than Thetis. So now the city of Joppa is going to be destroyed by the Kraken unless Andromeda is offered to the Kraken as a snackrifice.

Oy. Greek myths are fucked up. Anyway, Perseus kills Medusa, uses her head to kill the Kraken, marries Andromeda and all is well. And Hera muses, "what if courage and imagination become human traits?" Zeus responds, "Well, then they don't need us anymore." And I can kind of get behind that, actually.

The movie is fun and kind of cheesy, and the SFX look strange to us now, but when you consider it's all done with models it's pretty amazing.

My Grade: B+
Rewatch value: Medium

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