Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Not worth the money

Now is not the time to get into all the issues I have with the soon-to-be-released Clash of The Titans remake. But I will say this, if you can see the film in 2D, then do so.

The Clash 3D conversion is a truly hideous thing. Images are split, the editing, design, and framing decisions weren't made for 3D and it shows in every single shot. See it flat, if you're going to see it at all.

13 comments:

J.D. said...

Hmm... I suspected as much. Looks like Cameron was right. I think I shall stick to the Harryhausen version. Stop-motion Kraken, dammit!

Gerard said...

Is it even remotely worth seeing in 2-D? Nothing I've seen so far appeals--should my Titans dollars go to finally revisiting Alice?

Adam Newell said...

It certainly seems to be the consensus online that the last minute 3D conversion is a terrible botched mess. I wonder if the public feedback (and box office dollars) will actually make Hollywood take note, and perhaps hold off on converting everything that moves into 3D...

Matt J said...

Oh dear-I hope ROBIN HOOD hasn't suffered the same rushed 'post' 3-D conversion?

Mark Salisbury said...

@ JD

I think there's certainly more awe with the stop-motion monsters than with the CGI critters in the remake.

@ Gerard

The film has moments — not many, mind — although I'm not sure I'd recommend it either way. But if you do choose to go, then go 2D.

@ Adam

I'm not completely opposed to 3D conversion. I think both Toy Stories and Nightmare Before Christmas worked fine. But the manner in which this was done, and, perhaps more importantly, the result, can't have helped the 3D cause.

@ Matt

Knowing how Ridley stages action these days, I think I might opt to see Robin Hood flat. And for once, I finding myself siding with Michael Bay on this particular issue.

Steve said...

this tiny review makes me sad. i'm not a fan of 3D so, i would have opted out of that anyway. but to give it an overall "blah" is disappointing. you know, sometimes i really hate respecting your opinion, mr. salisbury. it's really annoying at times.

Mark Salisbury said...

Steve, I wish I had better news to report regarding this one. In fact, one reason I've not written a longer review is probably due to my disappointment with how the film turned out.

Roger Edwards said...

I have just seen this in 3-D in London. The process does not add anything to the film at all. All you get is that occasional "depth of field" feeling, but I quickly forgot I was watching in 3-D. See it in a standard format if you choose to view it at all.

As for the actual film, it is no better or worse than Harryhausen's original. Before the fanboys lynch me, the 1981 version was not his finest work and suffered from a wooden lead and sundry scene chewing from the support actors. Also need I mention Bubo?

The remake is a typical "popcorn movie" for the current movie generation. It is loud and brash and formulaic. It is brutal and indulges the FX industry as do some many films these days. Yet it entertained me on a simple level. It is not Citizen Kane but it does not set out to be.

When viewing any modern remake, you need leave your nostalgic baggage behind and be as objective as possible. This film is a little better than the some of its parts. This is mainly due to Mad Mikkelsen, who is very watchable and the Liam Cunningham who has some dry quips.

There is also a self referential moment to the original, that made me spit my drink and justified the ticket price.

Mark Salisbury said...

@ Roger

My disappointment with this Clash has nothing to do with nostalgia. There are so fun moments in the original but it's far from my favourite Harryhausen.

However, for a film about Greek Gods and mythical monsters there was, for me, a shameful a lack of wonder and true spectacle.

Add to that the over-reliance on CG, badly staged action, a leaden script, zero characterisation...

Adam Newell said...

So, Clash did big B.O., and I think this statistic will ensure that the studios will carry on £D'ing everything they possibly can...

52% of Clash of the Titans' weekend gross came from 3D screens, which accounted for only 28% of the total screen count

Mark Salisbury said...

What can you do?

Gerard said...

So it's safe to say I'll never see this. Haven't heard a kind word. Didn't like anything I've seen hitherto.

Sam Worthington, you need to rewatch both Dirty Deeds and Somersault, lest you be doomed to straight-to-DVD-dom three years hence...

Mark Salisbury said...

Haven't seen Dirty Deeds but remember being very impressed by both Worthington and, indeed, Abbe Cornish when I saw Somersault at Cannes.