‘Clash of the Titans’ Hops on ‘Avatar’ Bandwagon

Monkey see, monkey do. Now that Avatar has owned the box office for five weeks running, folks in Hollywood are thinking to themselves: Hmmm. Whadda we got ready to go that’s in 3-D?. The answer, of course, is “not much”, but that’s just a technical problem. Movies can be rendered in 3-D ex post facto it turns out—just take any already completed film, quickly slather on that extra “D”, and start handing out the glasses! Warner Bros.’ re-make of Clash of the Titans is a case in point. As far as I know that movie was cut and ready for its 2-D March 26 frame. Now they want to muck around with it.

(‘DiggThis’)Before I get into how dubious this is, I should mention by way of a pre-cursor that I already feel as if Warner Bros. is sorta raping my childhood. In a previous post (now gracefully adorned with a logo I might add!), I did a compare and contrast between the old COTT trailer and the new. Long story short, the old one pitches a story, a world, magic, etc., while the latest pitches heavy metal, cgi scorpions, and lots of (heroic?) leaping into the air. I’m sure this makes me sound like a cranky septuagenarian —and if I get to dilating on the subject of Ray Harryhausen’s genius I’ll probably loose the kids’ attention entirely—but what’s being sold here? A mood? A “vibe”? Even the trailer for the vile-looking, similarly-themed Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time seems abundantly freighted with details by comparison.

So…moving on.

Clash of the Titans is probably just fine being whatever kind of train wreck it is without the last-second addition of 3-D, which Warner Bros. is presently considering. From a market perspective, jumping on the Avatar bandwagon may appear (or perhaps in fact be) the smart move, but I wonder if it won’t diminish the film somehow. As Borys Kit (who I seem be reading a lot lately) points out, most 3-D pix are intended as such from the get go. This applies not just to the technology used, but also the spirit of the thing. There tends to be a different visual strategy when 3-D is involved—and I don’t just mean snakes lunging at the lens. My guess is that mapping it on after the fact will inevitably create some kind of dissonance between the intention and the dimension. (So terribly, terribly sorry for that phrase!) You’ll be sitting there wondering why, say, a compositionally dull image is for-no-reason-whatsoever jumping out at you. Not that I think Clash of the Titans will have any compositionally dull images…

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