(That Thing I Do)

Clash of the Titans

As a child, I was deeply fascinated by two things: dinosaurs and Greek mythology. I had toys, books, and I would glue myself to the TV screen when anything related comes on.

Naturally, when I first watched the trailer for Clash of the Titans, the child in me was jumping so vigorously with joy, my seat began to shake.

Thanks to Advertlets and Glu Mobile , I got to watch the movie in 3D with a bunch of my other blogger friends. I was so excited about watching a Greek mythology movie in 3D, I didn’t even bother to wait for everyone to arrive before I entered the cinema hall.

I have to say, the movie was almost a chore to watch. I’ll spare you the details about the story progression. Instead I’ll highlight what was good (seriously?) and not-so-good about the movie.

The movie started well, with the introduction of the hero, Perseus. Obviously being the main character and hero, Perseus deserved a dramatic introduction, and indeed that was what he got. The hero’s introduction quickly progressed to a sequence of conversations between father and son, to establish their bond and family love to the audience. That was pretty much all the character development I saw in the movie. And not just for Perseus – there was hardly any character development for any of the other characters in the movie at all, if any at all. I’d name a few but they were not memorable enough for me to remember.

The only character that had any depth was Hades. Frail voice, withered body, and deep sinister eyes reflected his tortured spirit well, so I thought. Medusa was so artificial I felt like I was watching a movie in 2001.

A good movie would provoke questions from the audience – and answer them. Clash of the Titans didn’t arouse curiosity. It aroused confusion. What was that strange hoofed being that attacked Perseus? Does he have a name? Where did he come from? What does scorpions have to do with his blood seeping into the sand? Why didn’t he summon the scorpions earlier? Why did Zeus give Perseus the mystical sword, when at that point Perseus was opposing the Gods and not trying to help him? Why did the Pegasus allow Perseus to ride it? What’s the significance of the black Pegasus as opposed to the white ones? So many questions, not a single answer. You’d think they were trying to keep it mysterious, when it was just all confusing and incoherent.

Perseus (remember – he’s the hero!), also showed a distinct lack of emotion when his lady got killed. He’s all like “No!… Meh. *shrug*”.

It was a very forgettable movie. It pains me to even think about the storyline again.

After the movie, we gathered round, and we hardly talked about the movie. Probably too embarrassed to admit that our initial excitement ended up in disappointment.

Me and Sue Lynn (a.k.a. Bangsar Babe) donning our tees

Everyone received Glu Mobile tees, which came in one size. Everyone exclaimed how “no guy could possibly fit into these”. Being the hero, I decided to defy them and put it on. And there we have proof that it does indeed fit. Sort of. But I felt like a hero. I felt like Perseus.

You too can be a hero too, with the official Clash of the Titans game by Glu Mobile. I love mobile phone games, good way to entertain yourself while waiting in line or while sitting on a cold white ceramic seat somewhere. Oh, and you stand a chance to win the new Apple iPad 64GB. Great way to be rewarded for downloading and enjoying a game.

Experience epic action inspired by the official Clash of the Titans movie! As Perseus, the mortal son of Zeus, you must lead a band of warriors on a quest to prevent Hades, god of the underworld, from seizing power. Your journey will take you through well-known mythological landmarks such as Argos, the underworld and Medusa’s temple. Along the way collect legendary treasures, upgrade your powers, fight evil creatures and defeat powerful bosses from Greek mythology. Also, see it in cinemas.

I bet it will be better than the movie.