Posted on 4/04/10 01:38 PM
A comedic, romantic, action-packed retelling of the epic struggle between men and the pantheon of Greek gods.
Despite the fact that the entire premise of the movie is based on "how the cruel gods have wronged us", not a single example is given and in fact the movie starts off with a group of soldiers inexplicably tearing down the mighty statue of Zeus. Okay?
The "council" of gods on Mount Olympus is rather simplistic and, to put it bluntly, stupid. It's only the grandmaster Zeus giving orders to everyone else or just doing everything himself -- nothing at all like the actual relationships found in Greek mythology. A more pointless group of deities you would be hard-pressed to find.
In fact, the true conflict is not between men and gods but rather between Zeus and Hades, and while both characters are well designed and acted, the rivalry renders much of the rest of the plot meaningless. For example, Hades tricking Zeus to "release the Kraken" when apparently he could do this any time he wished anyway. And if Hades feeds off of the people's fears while the rest of the gods feed off their prayers, it would seem a thousand times more logical to go into the city of men, "Argos", and destroy it himself, which he was clearly capable of doing.
And of course the laughable idea that even though the King of Argos refuses to sacrifice his daughter to appease the gods, they take no further action and simply wait for the Kraken to appear and destroy them as the deadline looms. Okay...
The worst part, however, has got to be the dialogue. Absolutely atrocious, unbearable, and bland beyond belief. Here is a para-phrasing of one particularly bad sequence:
"You are a demi-god"
"I don't want to be a demi-god"
"You'll always be a god"
"But I choose to be a man"
And that settles the argument. Yeah, it's that bad.
But with all that said, there are is a good amount of redeeming value in this movie. Skip the first and last 10 minutes of the movie and you actually have a great adventure story full of palpable action and drama.
Overall, however, the movie tries to go in too many directions and yet still leaves so much unexplained and head-scratchingly void of logic, despite its Greek-era setting.