Film Review: Wrath of the Titans

As titans clashing in 2010 clearly was not enough, this time audiences feel the titans’ wrath. Jonathan Liebesman’s film is predictable fare, but watchable nevertheless.

Following Perseus’ defeat of the Kracken, the demigod is living a simple fisherman’s life while raising his son. When Zeus calls upon him, Perseus is initially reluctant. Perseus soon springs into action, however, when Zeus is held prisoner and humanity is threatened…

Wrath of the Titans is a sufficiently entertaining film, although the missteps are visible. The main narrative strand is fine, but not overly gripping or original. The theme of loyalty and bonds in the father-son relationship is overplayed throughout the film. It is really hammered in, when some less obvious allusions would have worked better.

Additional strands are either weak or unnecessary. The role of Agenor is unusual, as the character is not as crucial as his build up would suggest. Perhaps the screenwriters should be applauded for this small misdirection. Andromeda, however, is completely surplus to requirements in the quest portion of the film. Her role is extraneous for the most part, in fact. There is no real indicator of love interest between her and Perseus.

Other characters in the film are often one dimensional, partly in the case of the gods. The mythology employed and adapted by Wrath of the Titans is rich. Perhaps the screenwriters could have utilised this further, illustrating the power and limitations of the gods. The film seems to go back and forth in this respect, with a lack of set principles.

The effects are good overall. Sound works particularly well throughout the film. The style of filming does not work for the best interests of the action sequences, however. The very fast camera movement makes it difficult to ascertain what is happening at times. Viewing Wrath of the Titans in Imax can emphasise this. Ghosting in this ratio can also be a problem. Thankfully, the 3D is far superior to the first movie.

Performances in the film are adequate. Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes knowingly ham it up, which make their scenes amusing. Sam Worthington plays the action hero in a suitable fashion. The accents in Wrath of the Titans are a bit of a mystery, with a variety of British dialects apparent, among others.

Some of the silliness makes the film more entertaining. Wrath of the Titans occasionally lets its humour override the solemnity of proceedings, and is all the better for it.