Clash of the Titans (1981)
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A pleasant surprise! Loved the Harryhausen special effects, especially the Medusa. I wish I saw this one as a kid. My mind would have been blown :-)
When I was a 10-year-old, there was one movie I desperately wanted to see but that never came to theaters: Clash of the Titans. I wasn't as interested in fantasy later, I suppose, and it fell off my radar. Looking at it today, it's a real throwback to sword & sandal films of yore, and as Ray Harryhausen's last film, a real tribute to an earlier era's well-integrated stop-motion creatures. And it's pure myth, that of Perseus, told AS myth. In other words, it's not big on developing character motivations and the like. While it has memorable set pieces (usually due to effects wizardry), its hero (played by pre-L.A. Law Harry Hamlin) is a humorless cardboard figure. Somehow, the big names in the cast still bring something to it - Burgess Meredtih is funny, and everyone who plays a Greek God is well cast. But here's the thing. Because it's essentially the myth told without comment, it smacks of Zeus' Patriarchy, HARD, which dates this 1981 effort spectacularly. Perseus is Zeus' favorite son, while Thetis' son Calibos is cursed. As Perseus is pulled into an adventure that will get him Calibos' girl, Zeus makes all the goddesses help him. And so Perseus triumphs (and Calibos dies), but he couldn't have done it without all these women sending him magic items and a comedy robot owl. Result? Zeus is real proud of his boy and forbids anyone from taking vengeance, and look how my boy did well... The very definition of white male privilege. Maybe it isn't date after all...
This movie is amazing! Totally better than all the remakes.
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This movie ranks #33 in Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen
This movie ranks #147 in 500 Essential Cult Movies