I took some time to catch up on some earlier 2012 films this weekend:
Journey 2-The Mysterious Island- I’ll start this off by saying, If I hadn’t seen the first film 3 years ago on a Cruise my wife and I were on, I probably would not have bothered with the sequel. But I rented it, and it seemed to be a big hit with our kids. As for me however- I’m not even going to try to compare it to the earlier film with effects by Ray Harryhousen. I liked that version, but this one is just so different. I think what annoyed me most was just the blatant staging of 3D. Of course one could argue that this was a film that was truly filmed in, and meant for 3D (Unlike most others just converted in post). But when you are bouncing berries off of The Rocks man-boobs, and they are coming at the screen, THAT is a little much. The plot seems forced. Teenage angst ridden kid rebels against his stepdad. Stepdad tries desperately to bond with his stepson. The Rock would have been convincing except for the fact that IRL this bonding, if it ever happens can take months, years, not just one event. But then again the movie is only 100 minutes. I guess it would have made more sense if they had started this film when the kid was 14 or 15, and give the “bonding” period a couple of years, so that when the events of this film transpire it would have been much more believable. The CG effects are good for what they are, but if you don’t have kids under the age of 10, you can probably pass on this film.
Wrath of the Titans-freed of the stigma of being attached to a previous Ray Harryhousen film, this sequel was a pleasant surprise, I enjoyed it thoroughly, enough to put it on my DVD wish list to buy. I found myself in a personal paradox with this film. Usually with any special interest I have, I like when a more serious approach is taken. However “Wrath” is arguably lighter than the first film and it benefits much from doing so, yet it never goes to the goofy extreme. The creature effects were well done (both CG and Practical). Perseus was a much more likable character in this film, but I guess having a son will do that too you, instead of being a jerk like he was in the first film. This film also had character I could grow to care about such as Argenon (Poseidon's son) and Haephestus(sp?) brilliantly portrayed by Bill Nyghy. The formula of the film was basically the same, but the stakes much higher (Perseus must ultimately obtain the “Maguffin” to slay the monster to save the world) this time instead of just Argos city. I would really like to see a 3rd enty in this series, but the way events turn out in the end, I don’t see how this could be done. I know it sounds cliché’, but I would love to see an “All-Stars” Greek myth for a 3rd film. If they could somehow incorporate Perseus into a Jason and the Argonauts story (which would also include Heracles) , that might be fun. I was not overly fond of the first film, but anyone who liked “Clash” (2010), should definitely see “Wrath” (2012)
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There has never been a "Scientifically Accurate" Dinosaur portrayed on any Television Show, Movie, or Documentary. Only what the human imagination can conceive, and I'm ok with that.