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08 April 2010 @ 09:41 pm
Release the Hoard Potato!!  
Last Saturday, quelonzia and I saw the new version of Clash of the Titans. We both enjoyed it: it was fun and exciting, and we both appreciated the nods to Harryhausen's original.

That said, Quel still liked the original more.

Heretic that I am, I prefer the remake.

I've heard a few people ask why they felt a need to remake the original. It's a question that comes up whenever a remake of anything hits the screen, but one questioner asked a much more cogent version: why, of all of Harryhausen's films, would they remake that one?

Answer: Because it's the one that needed it the most.

Please understand: when Clash came out in 1981, I was a 17-year-old Dungeons & Dragons player who'd grown up on Bulfinch's Mythology and Harryhausen's classics. I was the target market for that movie.

I liked it. I enjoyed it a great deal.

But it didn't quite click.

The original Clash of the Titans didn't quite know what it wanted to be. It was Harryhausen's last film, and the only film he made in the post-Star Wars era. Hollywood still hadn't quite figured out the transformation of High Adventure SF/Fantasy from B Movie to Blockbuster. Clash demonstrated that, even when you throw a Star Wars-sized budget, big names like Lawrence Olivier, and a blatant R2-D2 clone at a B movie, it remains a B movie in its heart and soul.*

As I said, Your Teenaged Serpent enjoyed and appreciated the art of the "B" in those bygone days. Broadcast TV was full of them, and I didn't watch Movie Macabre just because of Cassandra Peterson's wardrobe

When I went to see Clash, though, I confess I was hoping for something more—and last weekend, I finally got it.

The remake is the movie I wanted to see when I was 17.

*It wasn't the first movie to demonstrate this, and it was far from the last.
I feel: bouncybouncy
Christopher Bradleycpxbrex on April 9th, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)
This is the first thing I've read about the new Clash of the Titans that makes me want to check it out. I mean, good point. Why this Harryhausen movie? But, I moved it into my Netflix queue.

Not to mention the odds of there being a Rifftrax for this approaches 100%, hehe.
Your Obedient Serpentathelind on April 9th, 2010 06:29 am (UTC)
It's available on NetFlix already? It just showed up in the theater!
Christopher Bradleycpxbrex on April 9th, 2010 06:36 am (UTC)
Oh, no. But you can put it into your queue already. As I have discovered that I don't much like crowds and I own a bleeding Blu-Ray player for a REASON (well, that and it's a PS3, hehe), I haven't gone out to a movie in years. So, no, it's not on Netflix and probably won't be for another three months (tho' my queue is so long if I don't move it up I won't see it for, like, three YEARS) but you can put it into your queue before it comes out.
leonard_arlotteleonard_arlotte on April 9th, 2010 05:21 am (UTC)
I went to see it this weekend. I'm still not sure whether I like this version or the 1981 version more. While there were definite similarities (like the Stygian Witch scene, which was almost identical) there were quite a few differences. I didn't quite see the point of the djinn or the civilian hunters, and I had trouble seeing why Perseus was motivated to continue the quest.

I was amused by the Beebo cameo, though.
Aetobatusaeto on April 9th, 2010 05:23 am (UTC)
I just have one HUGE complaint with the new one.

What the HELL did they do to Calibos? He's lost his tail!!! How DARE them!?! :>