Wrath of the Titans (2012) * * *
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Stars: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Rosamund Pike
When Clash of the Titans was remade several years ago I eagerly anticipated the film, and loved it when it was released. Even thought it was significantly different from the original, it was a good movie, and thoroughly enjoyable. So when I read that a sequel was in the works, I was very excited.
Unfortunately, Wrath of the Titans fell somewhat flat for me. The special effects were great, and the movie has some really fun moments. It's not a bad way to pass an afternoon. It never really feels slow, the pacing is pretty good, and while it is a little predictable, I don't always mind that - sometimes predictable is a good thing.
I think that what soured me a little was the ending. I really dislike it when a movie villain spends a huge amount of time and energy setting up the downfall of civilization, the end of the world, the demise of the universe, or whatever, and then doesn't follow through. They pour all their evilness into the project, and are prepared to follow through all the way to the grisly end! Then, someone says "I'm Sorry" and suddenly this villain is redeemed and joins the white-hats and fights the big bad thing that they created, and ultimately ends up saving the day.
Really? REALLY?? If you are Hades and you're a bad-ass, then by golly you'd better not chicken out at the last minute and wuss-out on your own damn evil plan!
Some might see this as character redemption. I see it as just annoying.
But other than that, it's a pretty good movie, so it gets three stars from me. Bob really didn't want to see it in the first place, and even he said it wasn't too bad. So I guess, watch at your own risk? I dunno...
Have you seen Wrath of the Titans yet? What did you think?
Movies I'm looking forward to:
Marvel's The Avengers
Battleship (Still not sure???)
Men In Black 3
Snow White and the Huntsman (Can't wait!)