“Ah, dear — the young. Why do they never listen? When will they ever learn?”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Response to Peary’s Review:
… Bubo the brass owl (an “embarrassing creation”) is a blatant rip-off of R2D2:
… and Burgess Meredith — playing Perseus’ earthly mentor, Ammon — is annoying rather than wise.
With that said, however, one watches Clash of the Titans either out of a sense of childhood nostalgia (which I’m lacking — I never saw it), or for the reliably stunning stop-motion effects by Ray Harryhausen. Particularly notable are both the enormous Kraken:
and the battling scorpions:
(But as impressive as Harryhausen’s snake-haired Medusa is:
my vote still goes out to Tony Randall in The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao as the best movie incarnation of this hideous creature!)
Equally noteworthy are the make-up and costumes, particularly those of the three blind Stygian Witches, whose empty eye sockets are truly creepy to behold.
Overall, however, this big-budget film is still a major disappointment for those who remember the magic and wonder of Harryhausen’s earlier efforts.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments: