Movie Review: Clash of the Titans (1981)

Clash of the Titans (1981)

The original Clash of the Titans is now available on iTunes here:
And for a limited time, customers who purchase the original version on iTunes will also be able to view a special behind-the-scenes look at the new film.

When Zeus transforms the cruel and violent Calibos into an ugly mutant, Calibos’ mother Thetis is furious. Thetis decides that if her son cannot marry the beautiful princess Andromeda of Joppa, than no one can. And jealous of Zeus’ love for his son Perseus, Thetis abandons Perseus in Joppa. But Perseus discovers Joppa’s curse and risks everything to rescue Andromeda and free Joppa.

Clash of the Titans is a complex story of Greek mythology and magical creatures. As with ancient Greek mythology, the gods are cruel and fallible. And the hero Perseus is a virtuous and noble character. The story lags at times, while the characters deliver long monologues. But this seems necessary to deliver the intricate plot and explain the backstory.

The special effects are done via stop motion animation, so it is quite a bit dated and comical at times. But I did enjoy the picture quality, even from my iPhone. And the download was fairly quick and very easy from iTunes.

This epic tale of drama, heroism, evil, and love was a treat. It’s not surprising that they decided to remake it, updating the special effects. By the previews, it certainly looks like they’re doing the story justice. After a fun look at the original, I’m definitely looking forward to the upcoming release of the new Clash of the Titans even more than I was before.


2 thoughts on “Movie Review: Clash of the Titans (1981)”

  1. The dated special effects isn’t always a problem for me. I have much more of a problem with modern movies that have millions of dollars in CGI and no story or character development. Being a reader, I’ll bet you notice that too.

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