After watching the original version of "Clash of the Titans" I really wondered why they remade it. Because technology is better and with CGI they had the opportunity to do some cool special effects? It is not a reason to remake a film, especially one that was so painful to begin with. To be fair there are fans of this film who look upon it with loads of nostalgia.
There is an interesting international cast in this film. Harry Hamlin (in one of his first major roles), Maggie Smith, Sir Laurence Olivier, Ursula Andress, etc. It is actually quite impressive, but unfortunately for the actors and the viewer the script is not up to the task. That is not to say that every member of the cast does a bang up job in the acting department because that is not the case.
Perseus (Harry Hamlin – from television's L.A. Law) is a mortal who was fathered by the king of the gods, Zeus (Sir Laurence Olivier – Spartacus, The Prince and the Showgirl). He is sent forth to fulfill his destiny and will do so by rescuing the Princess Andromeda (Judi Bowker – from television's The Adventures of Black Beauty) before she is forced to marry a monster.
To make things even more difficult, Zeus has set up a few tests for his son along the way. For example Perseus is to capture Pegasus and do battle against Medusa. Thetis (Maggie Smith – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood) is also angry at Perseus and tries to get vengeance upon him.
The battle of good vs. evil has always been a favourite amongst the fans of films. "Clash of the Titans" is another one that follows along the well tread path. It really is a bit of traditional storytelling. The monsters are scary without being gross. There are battles along the way, but love wins out in the end. A straight forward story.
The film does have its fan base as it appeals to those who are fans of comics, "b" films and fantasy. The magic and mysticism of the film will capture the imagination of some of you out there.
Don't expect any history or myth lessons from this film because it does not preoccupy itself with trying to stick to any sort of truth or the like. Also the film is old fashioned in the sense that it moves along quite slowly as opposed to today's fast-paced action/fantasy flicks.
Ray Harryhausen (this was his last film) was known as the king of stop-action animation and he uses it extensively in this film. Some of it, despite its cheesiness, is quite cool. Hey, what could be uncool about a mechanical owl?
-Behind the Story: A Conversation with Ray Harryhausen
-Myths and Monsters