This past Monday I went to see WRATH OF THE TITANS. It’s the sequel to CLASH OF THE TITANS which came out in 2010. I was wondering if the producers had lost their minds, coming out with a sequel, when CLASH got such bad reviews. But I actually couldn’t speak on any comparison, because I STILL haven’t seen it yet. I know I’m being derelict in my duties, but Geek Soul Brother has a ton of stuff to catch up to. I’ll watch it this week, guaranteed. So yeah, WRATH had some bad press behind it, but I couldn’t deny that the visuals looked hot.
The story starts with Perseus being a humble fisherman, years after killing the Kraken (I did see the original-original). He has a son of about 13 years old, Helius (John Bell). Everything is peaceful, until pappa Zeus shows up. He tells his half-human son that the gods are getting weaker because people aren’t praying to them anymore. And because of that, the prison that’s holding the titans is getting weaker. Zeus needs all the gods and half-gods that he can find to fight Cronus if he gets free. Cronus is the big guy that fathered Zeus and his brothers Poseidon and Hades. Perseus doesn’t want to get into that life anymore and passes on Zeus’ request. But that night he dreams of a giant, two-headed fire breathing dog attacking the village. What a surprise that a giant, two-headed fire breathing dog actually attacked the village. Perseus slays the creature and changes his mind about helping dad.
Unfortunately, Zeus gets into some trouble of his own after he gets the help (or what he thinks is help) from Poseidon, Aries and Hades, When Perseus tries to call Zeus so he can help him, only Poseidon shows up, and tells Perseus that his father is in trouble. Basically that’s where the action adventure “retrieve the enchanted object and save dad” journey begins.
Sam Worthington plays Perseus again. It’s not that Worthington is a bad actor, it’s just that he’s not a good one. But I guess he keeps getting roles because of his hair locs and a square chin. But his acting wasn’t out shadowed by any of his other fellow performers. Liam Neeson as Zeus wasn’t convincing that he was the leader of the greek gods. But he did seem to show his caring father and brother side (brother of Hades). Toby Kebbell as Agenor “the Navigator” tried to add that typical comic relief, but he only had a few opportunities, and they were chuckles at best. Still, for a stereotypical character, I liked his role in the film. And queen Andromeda was supposed to be a love interest (Perseus’ wife had died previously), but you can’t really get your groove on while fighting multiple cyclops and the god of war. One kiss just doesn’t a romance make.
I will give the movie props for special effects. The interaction between the actors and the CG was on point. Whoever did them needs to be doing more work in Hollywood.
Director Jonathan Liebesman didn’t wow me with anything. But like I said, the CG – Live Action interaction was well done, so I give him credit for that. The pacing was fine, but the story and writing was that standard ‘Jason and the Argonauts‘ stuff. In fact, I would have rather listened to the Argonauts, because those English-dubbed Italian actors were more entertaining. The maze scene was a little different, again great special effects. And Cronus waking up was kind of incredible. But walking out of the theater, there wasn’t any sense of awe for what I just saw. Maybe Perseus’ final battle could have been more climactic, but I always say that about every movie. Hey, if that’s the best they could do, then that’s the best they could do. But somehow I don’t believe that. Remember brothers and sisters, Story is King.
I give the meandering mythological WRATH OF THE TITANS 2.75 out of 5 Cosmic Afros…. and that’s because of the effects.