Friday, April 09, 2010

Crash of the titles... :)

Got home last night, to find my lovely wife shoving my tea into my waiting hands with the phrase...

"'Hurry up - we're going to the pictures tonight!"

Turns out she had made plans for us to go and see "Clash of the Titans" at the local cinema, so off we trotted. After taking our seats at the back of the cinema (don't get any ideas you lot, I'm a good boy ;) ), we settled down with our Roy Orbison cast off 3d specs, and watched the show.

Oh dear.

Hollywood is going through a phase right now called "lets do a remake of an existing film ,rather than think up some original idea for ourselves", and "Clash - the remake" suffers terribly from this sickening syndrome. It's almost like having a film making recipe

Take one former Hollywood blockbuster
Remove any hint of original storytelling
Cast "Top" actors (i.e. those that are currently popular, or cheap)
Add characters / monsters that could be made into "cool" action figures
Liberally add CGI effects (optional)
Stir until grey, reheat and serve on a bed of good old fashioned spiel.

Former recipes include Battlestar Galactica, Planet of the Apes.

Ray Harryhousen is still the man - If you watch one "Clash of the Titans" this year, make it his - you'll be less disappointed.

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