Thursday, 21 June 2012

Wrath of the Titans, dir. Jonathan Liebesman, scr. Dan Mazeau, David Leslie Johnson, st. Sam Worthington, Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy, Édgar Ramírez, Toby Kebbell, Danny Huston, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson

More mythical titan-slaying with the same heartless approach to proceedings as its predecessor, Liebesman's effort provides us with another batch of LOTR-inspired CG monsters, rocky vistas and GCSE characterisation. To be fair, I suspect Worthington is something of a half-decent actor in search of a script befitting his talents, although why he keeps returning to this dross, who knows? Elsewhere Neeson Gandalfs it up big-style along with Fiennes, who similarly adds a beard to his Voldemort persona and hopes no one notices he's in Auto Potter-mode. Ultimately it's a great shame that the rich tapestry of Greek mythology has been reduced to this dumb point-and-shoot actioner. Only some great artistry in the design of the labyrinth holds much merit - a sea of shifting and grinding stonework that shifts across all vectors. Even then, once the Minotaur makes his appearance it's with the same dull imagination of the rest of the creatures. It's all very humourless and heavy, as though Hades has spewed forth a cloud of ash and brimstone so low in pressure, it's depressed everyone to a near-comatose state. If there must be a third film (and I fear there must), I pray to the gods they change things up a bit.