I started this on Saturday, 10 April, shortly after seeing the 2010 version of Clash of the Titans… and I was not overly impressed. To be fair, it wasn’t a completely bad movie concept, and the visual effects were (mostly) quite good. However, I grew up in the 80’s, and had seen most of the 1981 version several times (never completely, usually only the last half), so I went in with those memories playing in comparison.
The biggest complaint we had (my wife remembered the original better than me, until we streamed it from Netflix the next day), was the overall story arc and sequencing of events were 75-80% different between the movies. The 1981 version seemed to have a better flow to the story, and just made better sense than the 2010 version. The premise of the new version stems from Perseus seeking revenge against the gods – Hades specifically – for the death of his “family.” The 1981 version follows the mythological stories much closer, and also involves more of the pantheonical politics then the newer version (Hades and Zeus are prominent, and aside from a few snivelling-child type lines from Apollo therest of the gods are only seen, not heard).
One of the other huge differences is the Kraken. 2010, it’s controlled by Hades, but back in 1981 it was controlled by Posiden. And (in 2010) while its eventual use was trumpeted with all of the anger a god could muster, it’s release in 1981 was portrayed as an unfortunate, “Alright, if we must, darnit.”
Again, I don’t think the 2010 version was horrible, I’m just glad I went to a matinee showing.
But the funniest part of the day was when we were waiting to go into the theatre while in line at the concession stand. On the display screens inside, where the listing of movie times and theater assignments are shown, we were amused to read that we were going to be seeing “Clash of the Tit,” like it would be some kind of mud wrestling match or period porn movie. Really? Someone at the theater didn’t catch that?