Sunday, April 4, 2010

3D and Clash of the Titans

Since 3D was introduced in the Philippines a few months back, I only had to opportunity to watch a movie in this format last night. So I blog about both the movie and watching movies in 3D.

Let's start with the 3D. Alright, so the glasses are cool. But after awhile, the 3D specs kept slipping off my face. Maybe it's because I was wearing it on top of my glasses? But I can't see without my glasses, so do I put the 3D shades on and remove my glasses? That's the major set-back! If you wear eyeglasses, this 3D thing is really bothersome if not annoying. Worst of all is that I wear progressive lenses. Which means that (1) yes I have presbyopia, and (2) I need to move my head when I focus on anything.

Does that mean that wearing glasses and watching 3D are incompatible? Yes and no.

When I was in Melbourne a few months ago, I had watched A Christmas Carol (Jim Carrey) in 3D but in IMax. Now that was 3D! The large (huge) screen was the perfect companion to 3D technology.

So I watched Clash of the Titans in 3D and this is my brief review.

Which goes to the point of having to pay P300 for a technology that is advanced and interesting, but is difficult to appreciate when you're watching the movie on a small screen, like the Alabang Town Center movie house (Cinema 3). Or other cinemas in town that boast of 3D technology, but have this small screen and the heads of the people right in front of you, which make it really annoying to appreciate the technology.

Was the movie good? On a scale of 1-10, I'd probably give it a 6.

First of all, for everyone familiar with Greek Mythology, this was as inaccurate as it got. I will not delve on the inaccuracies of the movie, but to name one is that Perseus eventually married Andromeda. So you can check the actual Greek Mythology and you'd see that his remake of the 1981 film was a loose version of the actual Greek myth of Perseus. The only factual part of the movie was that Perseus is historically responsible for beheading Medusa.

Of course, there was the fact that it had to be entertaining, so the story was adapted for the screen. In short, the visual and digital effects were very good. For that, I would give it a 10. It was not boring and was in fact a likeable adaptation.

Finally, the analogy of man being created by gods and the fact that gods expected to be venerated and that man turned against gods was and is true up to today. Hades, the god of the underworld is the equivalent of our Satan or the devil. The devil feeds on our fears and our human weaknesses. It is in this context that the film, understandably makes man realize that even in mythology, a greater being - both good and evil - remain conflicts of men. It is a battle not only between gods and man, but man's inner conflict of greed and salvation as well.

With that said, Clash of the Titans is worthily a good movie for entertainment purposes. But I wouldn't recommend watching it in 3D unless you're viewing it in IMax. The extra P150 you'd save should just go to the popcorn and sodas as perfect companions to watching these types of films.

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