Editor’s note: We all love movies, but rather than ask a syndicated columnist who has never visited our beautiful High Desert, we commissioned our own local movie critic: Nolan P. Smith to review films and give us a local perspective. Enjoy!
By Nolan Patrick Smith
High Desert Daily
(Victorville) In an age of Gods and Goddesses, monsters and men, might and magic; a hero shines through all adversity. It seems like we are getting more and more movies with these aspects in mind, not that I am complaining, as I am a huge mythology fanatic. With the sequel to 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans, Wrath of the Titans has a lot to live up to. Does this film recapture the epic stories of Perseus, or does it fall short down to Tartarus?
Back again to save the world from unspeakable monsters is Perseus (Sam Worthington), the son of Zeus and a mortal woman, which makes him a demigod. After the titanic clash in the last film, Perseus has taken up the normal life of a fisherman while raising his son. Of course, as the poet Robert Frost once said, “nothing gold can stay”, as Perseus’s father Zeus (Liam Neeson) shows up to warn his son of an impending threat to the world. Demons from Tartarus, the underworld, have begun breaking through to Earth, causing death and destruction in their wake. This all leads to Perseus once again taking up arms and heading out on a journey to reach Tartarus, and to find a fellow demigod to aide him, which comes in the form of the shifty Agenor (Toby Kebbell). Another aide in his journey is Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), a warrior who is ready to fight in order to save her people. The antagonists of the film range from chimeras and demons to gods, and of course the mad titan himself, Kronos, who is imprisoned in Tartarus and urges to break free.
When you compare this film to the last, you see a step up in quality. Gone are the shiny armors, the picture perfect wardrobe that fits Hollywood to a T. No, instead you get something that feels more like the original Clash of the Titans of old, and that is indeed a great feeling to have. The monsters look amazing, from the chimera that cleverly spits fire, to the cyclopes who chase down our heroes, which have an epic scale all their own. One of the most impressive visuals in the film has to be the map of Tartarus, which is held by a slightly crazy God and blacksmith, Hephaestus (Bill Nighy).
Story wise, many might be a little upset with the elements and the similarities to other Greek tales. Some might see this as a copy or misuse of these tales, but for me, I see it as a clever mash-up of elements from various stories in the Greek mythologies, which overall leads to a great experience as well as some outstanding visuals. I have been lucky these past few years, I have seen my fair share of films centered around Greek mythologies, and I feel Wrath of the Titans earns a spot right up there with Immortals as some of the best mythological based films in recent memory.