I love mythology, especially that of ancient Greece. So here’s my round-up of some the more modern film adaptations. This was also prompted by watching Immortals last night.
Wrath of the Titans – This is the sequel of 2010’s Clash, starring Sam Worthington again, here’s the trailer-
Immortals (2011) – Tarsem’s fantastic Renaissance style welcome, but spoiled by the touches of pointless realism and screen captions. It’s time-less, I don’t need to know that it’s supposed to be whatever-year BC in whatever-place Greece! This re-telling/reboot/retcon of the Theseus myth, is probably OK for a vid night and Henry Cavill is actually quite good in the role. I do wish even more was made of the Renaissance art angle though. Novel.
Clash of the Titans (2010) – Fun. Sam Worthington an OK Perseus, but the movie is not even slightly close to the excellent original from 1981. I think they should have just started with a completely new story/myth.
300 (2006) – What can I say that hasn’t already been said? Zack Snyder did the best he could given the questionable source material. I will not comment more, other than saying that you can redress the imbalance in your abused psyche after watching this movie by going to see the even more bloody, but excellent Inglourious Basterds (2009).
Troy (2004)- Pure popcorn, but I did like Achille’s black ship and Brad Pitt’s interesting and intimidating take on the character. Eric Bana is also very good as Hector. Tip- if you want a really quick background into the Trojan War (Homer’s Iliad) that was the source of this movie, read Rex Warner’s Greeks and Trojans (1951). It’s a short, entertaining kid’s picture-book version of the story.
Alexander (2004) – So the ancient Macedonians were, in fact, Scottish. Other than that, takes itself far too seriously. Angelina Jolie, though, plays his batty mother perfectly.
Clash of the Titans (1981) – Ahhh… sublime, Harry Harryhausen’s old-school SFX at its best, in this fun and riveting version of the Perseus myth. Fine performances by Harry Hamlin, Burgess Meredith and Tim Pigott-Smith.
For something completely different, though more true to the spirit of the Greek myths (i.e. the flawed hero), watch Jim Henson’s The Storyteller, see the clip-