Wrath of the Titans Reviews
This film has many problems. The action seems more mindless and generic. The story is not as interesting as that of the first film. And the CGI can be really great at some times, and god awful (pun intended) at others.
Additionally, Sam Worthington does not give as strong a performance as before, and Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes' roles are so small that they offer little to the film. Bill Nighy has a fun little part as Hephaestus, and it's about the only enjoyable part of the film.
You could say that "Wrath of the Titans" is bad because of poor writing, acting, or directing. I like to think of it as the wrath of karma!
There is also bad acting from Worthington, Rosamund Pike, Toby Kebbell and a brief appearance from Bill Nighy - all of which, are leading the plot nowhere, playing underdeveloped and meaningless characters. In comparison to its predecessor, Wrath of Titans doesn't live up to the memorable action, excitement and great casting of Clash of the Titans (which I gave four stars), and instead this sequel almost kills everything that made the last movie a truly great action hit. Wrath of the Titans doesn't even outweigh the almost disastrous movie attempt of the 'Prince of Persia game franchise', called Prince of Persia:The Sands of Time. Jake Gyllenhaal, the actor who portrayed the prince in that movie, is a more superior actor than Worthington turned out to be in Wrath of the Titans.
Truth be told, the monsters and mythical creatures depicted in the movie aren't even that exciting for their use of bad CGI - again, this almost killed the memorable monsters in the first movie, but clichés and overrated ideas, to the awareness of the audience, are commonly the basis of delivering appalling entertainment, which clearly isn't entertainment. I really don't think it would be worth my time to watch another 'Titans' sequel.
So I didn't have high hopes for this sequel, which I think is understandable. But to my amazement this franchise has done a complete U-turn and actually come up with a semi decent film, well at least in looks anyway.
Bottom line this is a monster mash of epic proportions, its takes the concept of the original Harryhausen masterpiece and expands it ten fold with dazzling imagery. This is really what they should have done with the first remake instead of making crap up, but what I really can't get my head around is why this sequel looks SO MUCH BETTER than the first! The last film had the Kraken which did look damn fine, but even that doesn't come close to anything in this sequel.
All the monsters here look terrific, yes there is a time lapse between films of course but the divide between quality here is huge!! What can I say about Kronos...a colossus of an effect, eye popping! I haven't been so impressed by a CGI effect since Gods knows when, I can't remember. He just looked stunning, stunningly real, as if they actually did awaken a real god from the fiery depths of the underworld, colour me stunned! The only creature I didn't like was the Minotaur which looked like a naff character from 'Mortal Kombat' (Motaro without his horse back end).
To be brutally honest the film is kept alive by the effects, the rest of the film is filled with pitiful acting and some of the most bizarre collection of accents for ancient Greece ever. The hero has an Aussie accent, Bill Nighy for some reason uses a Yorkshire accent (Northern England), how on earth they came to that decision I don't know. Finally you have Agenor who is said to be a thief so of course they give him a London cockney accent! why?? what are they implying?
Yes the film is basic pantomime but so was the original classic. The cast list isn't quite as impressive as the classic but it suffices and everybody does their bit to try for that grandiose epic taste. The whole film does look really really good with lovely locations, great costumes, beautiful landscapes and a solid score.
In short I think they have finally captured the classic fun adventurous look of ancient Greek mythology just as they did all those years ago with classic films like 'Jason and the Argonauts'. Yes this sequel does follow pretty much the same pattern as the first, ending with a big monster to battle in the exact same way with virtually the same outcome, but because it all looks so crisp you really don't mind or notice too much.
This new film gives you exactly what we wanted all along and what the classic did perfectly...well created mythological monsters. For once the CGI does do the trick as it should and could if used properly. Ignore the first film this is what you've been waiting for, hopefully the third will continue the goodness.