–Wrath of the Titans came out today (3-30-21). If you saw Clash of the Titans and you’re leery about this sequel starring Sam Worthington, you have nothing to worry about. But is it worth dropping money on? You bet! Come in and see why I say that.
I decided to hit up Wrath of the Titans at the theater on Friday and I was surprised how many folk were attending this early Friday screening. It wasn’t a packed house, but there were enough folks present to make me wonder if it will give The Lorax a run for its money in second place at the box office!
Plus it already made a cool million at the midnight box office!
Wrath of the Titans is the sequel to the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans with Sam Worthington reprising his role as the son of Zeus, Perseus. It’s around ten years since the events of Clash and Perseus is a widower, having laid his wife, Io, to rest and he’s been raising their son. But doing so with the promise to never letting him raise a sword.
And being simple fishermen, it isn’t that hard to do. That is until Zeus, (with my wife’s favorite actor, Liam Neeson, reprising the role), showing up, telling Perseus that since people no longer pray to gods, the gods are losing their powers and everything they’ve ever built, to fade. That includes the prisons that hold back the demons and other such troubles!
That can’t be good.
The next day Perseus’ village is attacked by a fire-breathing monster and he realizes he has to help his dad. But by now, Zeus has been captured by his brother, Hades (Ralph Fiennes reprising the role), and Ares (Edgar Ramirez).
With the help of Agenor (Toby Kebbell) and Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Perseus heads off to save his father and to kick the butt of another really big monster. My god, does Perseus NOT tackle monsters smaller than a small mountain???
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Clash of the Titans was written by three folk different scribes and directed by Louis Leterrier. None of those folks are in the credits of Wrath.
This new chapter was put together by Dan Mazeau & David Johnson (Red Riding Hood and Orphan. Both surprisingly good flicks) and directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Battle Los Angeles) and they took notes, learned the lessons of the errors from the first movie and applied them to Wrath of the Titans.
Instead of a non-stop fight-fest where Perseus is losing people left and right with every new monster that shows up, Wrath of the Titans focuses on family ties, duty and sacrifice.
There’s a lot more story than fighting but don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of monster. But this movie really does a good job converting from monster to family focus. It’s a bit slow in the middle but it didn’t ruin the movie. It gave me time to calm down a bit. The humor is there, but it’s more subtle than obvious and you sometimes have to make sure you’re paying attention.
Worthington is still a bit flat in the role, but there’s plenty going on that it isn’t a horrid distraction.
Oh! And a beloved little homage to the original Clash of the Titans makes yet another appearance!
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All in all, I only went to Wrath of the Titans as a time killer to get away from the day for a bit but not only found myself entertained, but at times, there were moments that I was clinching my fists rooting for specific outcomes.
I’d actually Wrath of the Titans this movie a 7/10 if I were scoring such.