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April 11, 2012

Movie: Wrath of the Titans (2012)

Filed under: Hollywood Movies — Tags: — krishnafromtoronto @ 9:25 am

This movie is Part II of the Titans series, the first one being Clash of the Titans, which came out two years ago.  That movie was a bomb because the story line was nonexistent, the actors were all wooden and seemingly unsure of what they were supposed to be doing or even what they were there for, and the special effects just thrown together for the sake of it.

Initially, therefore, I was not even interested in a sequel of that movie, with the same actors playing Perseus, Zeus and Hades primarily, but hearing that the sequel is better – “much better” – I decided to give it a try.

I broadly agree.  Perseus is still wooden but has been used in a way that that impact is minimized. The Gods don’t just sit around in a parlour  (overlooking the clouds to show that this is heaven) discussing the state of mankind, as they do in the first movie) but there is real dialog. And then there is a glimmer of a story. This story is also a totally invented one, to show off their special effects skills to advantage but at least there is one. The special effects are great, but the movie director seems to have a special affinity to the drool on monsters because all of them seem to drool disgusting saliva.

The son of Poseidon is a comic – does not look like anyone’s conception of God – but does relieve the monotony of the story even though his presence is jarring. Andromeda (Rosamund Pike) seems content to come in every alternate scene wrapped in mud, charcoal and various other types of dirt, to indicate that she has been in the rough and tumble of war, only to appear clean in the next scene again.

The story holds together and holds your interest, if you do not look for historical authenticity or even wonder how Pegasus, which was white in the first movie (I remember him being a white horse, do I not?) turned into a black horse in this movie. He may have been influenced by Rosamund Pike,  perhaps.

The movie just bounces along in an easy flow and so you finally are entertained. But there is nothing to take your breath away here, no insights, nothing that would make you say, ‘Hmmm this is unique, not seen before’ or ‘Hey, I didn’t think of that!

They seem to have ended this in a way that suggests that there would be no Titan sequel to this one.  I will not be very disappointed if there is none.

To summarize: Definitely better than the first movie by miles, but nothing to remember it for a long time either. Entertaining.

Let us say, a 5/10

— Krishna

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