It was from the moment when I first heard that they were remaking the Clash of the Titans that I became very excited at the concept and anticipated it, and looked very much forward to watching it. I felt that the original film was awesome, with an amazing storyline and I loved the special effects by Ray H. It was an exciting, atmospheric and enchanting adventure and I was absolutely mesmerised by it.
As a matter of fact, it was the original Clash of the Titans that really got me interested in Greek Mythology, and I've enjoyed reading about Greek Mythology ever since.
But my faith was lost and all my hopes were utterly dashed when I went and watched this new remake in 3D. This was something that I was really looking forward to watching and was praying that being in the hands of today's directors, they would deliver it justice, and even make it even better that the original. But that did not happen.
For instance, I felt that the acting was wooden. There was no emotion or excitement in the characters. Sam Worthington tried to give Perseus an arrogant, hard man, bad boy image, which I felt did not work as the original character was not supposed to be like that in the original story. I really think that Sam Worthington was a very bad choice for this role and was not suited to it at all. In a movie like 300/Troy perhaps he would have been in place, but in the new Clash of the Titans (and as the lead character Perseus??) definitely not.
Also in 3D, there was probably only 1 3D scene.
The storyline and the characters were different from the original, which was to be expected to some degree, but I felt that the film just did not capture the atmosphere, personality and excitement and magic from the first movie. There was just no humility there and I felt that this film did not pay homage to the original.
In the original movie, Zeus commands the Gods to bestow Perseus, his son, with weapons of "Divine Temper". And when these weapons are first found and tested by Perseus, we see their true godly powers and the feeling of confusion and excitement of when Perseus first finds and tries them. For example, in the original movie, after the sword is found, you see the astonishment and surprise on Perseus's face when it suddenly cuts through solid marble. In this remake however, you see no such thing. This time, not only is the arrogant Perseus not surprised or excited/bothered that he is the son of Zeus, God of the Gods, but cares very little for the divine celestial weapon that is imparted to him by Zeus. Instead he is instantly ready to discard as a mere trinket by giving it to his colleague.
I was also disappointed with the scene in which Pegasus, the mythical winged horse, makes his first appearance. In the original movie you see how Perseus hears about the mythical beast and lies in wait for it and eventually captures it and earns its trust. But this did not happen this time. This time Pegasus was just ready and waiting for him as a gift from the Gods I felt that that the Director just didn't want to put in more effort to make this into, what could have been a much better scene.
One of the scenes that I was looking forward to most of all was the scene with Medusa. But was very disappointed when watching it as Medusa did not look hideous and evil gorgon at all, as a matter of fact she was portrayed to be quite pretty.
In a nutshell, I no longer have faith in remakes and no longer feel excited at the remake concept. This film had so much potential. This could have been a masterpiece and an epic (like Lord of the Rings), however instead it was an epic failure.
Good: Impressive Special Effects, Liam Neeson as Zeus.
Bad: Everything Else.