Thursday, April 25, 2013

Wrath of the Titans (2012)

This is the two-headed dragon Sam Worthington fights as Perseus in the 2012 Jonathan Liebesman film The Wrath of the Titans, which is a sequel to the story Clash of the Titans, first told on screen in the 1981 Desmond Davis film with Laurence Olivier as Zeus and Harry Hamlin as Perseus. I'm a big fan of that 1981 film and try to watch all the remakes and rereleases derived from the story. I like this one a lot too, but there are some differences worth mentioning. For some reason, the winged horse Pegasus is now black instead of white. I'm not sure that's an improvement, but the monsters are more truly monstrous than they were in the 1981 film and Rosamund Pike is a better Andromeda than Judi Bowker was because she is a real woman with a wide range of emotions, and not just a fragile frightened beauty. Rosamund stamps with her sword among the trees and rocks in her leather leggings and sandals like a regular Amazon. She also has one of the best lines in the film: "We humans hope when there's no hope, we believe when it's idiotic and sometimes we prevail."

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