Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

Director: Don Chaffey

Writer: Jan Read, Beverley Cross (Screenplay)

Starring: Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack, Gary Raymond, Laurence Naismith, Niall MacGinnis, Michael Gwynn

 

Plot: The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Practical Effects Masterpiece

 

Story: Jason and the Argonauts starts as Pelias (Wilmer) conquers the Greek kingdom looking to slaughter the children of the former ruler, the Gods rescue one and Zeus (MacGinnis) offers Hera (Blackman) five chances to save Jason (Armstrong) who will avenge his family’s murder.

Jason heading into a mission which could help him defeat Pelias which involves travelling to the edge of the Earth in search for the Golden Fleece with the strongest men for his ship and the adventure is on, with titans, gods and myths for Jason to overcome.

 

Thoughts on Jason and the Argonauts

 

Characters/PerformanceJason is the son of a slaughtered king, part of a prophecy that must go on a quest to find a Golden Fleece which will help him defeat his enemies. He must use his faith and communication with the Gods to complete his mission. We have the Gods watching the events are interesting as we do know the names and this explains part of their actions. We get Hercules thrown in for a character everyone knows from the Greek Gods and the villain is just what you are expecting with a man wanting power.

Performance wise, all of the performances are good throughout the film, we get good use of different types of soldiers by the performances throughout the film.

StoryThe story of one man leading a group of soldiers across the world to find a fleece which will defeat any enemy is something all the fans of Greek mythology will enjoy, we get the big names from the history stories which we end up sending us on the adventure the characters enjoy.

Action/Adventure/FantasyThe action is sword and sandals which works for the film, we have different enemies which changes the style of the battles required. The adventure takes our characters across the world on their quest with the fantasy being centred around whether this is fact of myth.

SettingsThe settings all fit the time the tale is told in, Ancient Greece as our character see stunning backdrops in search of their battle.

EffectsThis is by far one of the great achievements in practical effects of all time, it still looks fantastic.

Final ThoughtsOne of the greatest adventure stories ever told, it puts you in the story and never holds back as you want to see if Jason can make it to the end.

 

Overall: Must watch for films fans.

Rating

 

 


Wrath Of The Titans (2012)

logoDirector: Jonathan Liebesman

Writer: Dan Mazeau, David Johnson (Screenplay) Beverley Cross (Original Screenplay)

Starring: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Edgar Ramirez, Toby Kebbell, Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy, Danny Huston

 

Plot: Perseus (Worthington) braves the treacherous underworld to rescue his father, Zeus (Neeson) captured by his son Ares (Ramirez) and brother Hades (Fiennes) who unleash the ancient Titans upon the world.

 

Verdict: Bigger, Louder, Less Brains Needed

 

Story: Having the moody brother trying to get revenge was the story in the first film right? Well he is back at it trying to destroy his brother’s legacy and his creation, way to think outside the box. The adventure travel mission is also pretty much the same with a battle with a mythical creature that ends up helping, and old wider person passing the torch to the next chapter and a maze that could get them killed round every corner concluding with an epic sized battle against a giant creature. So looking at this we didn’t even get new story just different characters. The only positive is that they used some well-known mythical creatures that the less knowledgeable would know. (5/10)

 

Actor Reviews

 

Sam Worthington: Perseus the demi-god know family man who wife has die, he must go back into battle to stop his father being killed. The strong hero returns in what is a standard performance. (6/10)

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Liam Neeson: Zeus the captured god who has to talk his brother into not kill him and their creation. Only an in and out performance that doesn’t get given enough time to shine. (6/10)

 

Ralph Fiennes: Hades the god of the underworld who wants to finally get his chance to reign over the heavens. Bit like Neeson doesn’t get to shine as much as he should but takes advantage of the chances more. (7/10)

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Edgar Ramirez: Ares the son of Zeus and god of war, he turns on his father and goes to lengths to take his seat at the heavens. Standard villainous performance with no stand out moments. (5/10)

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Director Review: Jonathan Liebesman – Creates some big action scenes but doesn’t offer anything new to the series. (6/10)

 

Action: Great action scenes from start to finish that really carry the film. (8/10)

Fantasy: The fantasy behind the mythology works enough but isn’t same standard as previous one. (7/10)

Settings: Each setting is very well created leading to some brilliant looking scenes. (8/10)
Special Effects
: Great special effects from start to finish. (8/10)

Suggestion: If you didn’t like the first one don’t waste your time, but if you were a fan and don’t mind switching your brain off for film this is for you. (If you like Clash Watch)

 

Best Part: The labyrinth

Worst Part: Copied story.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final Battle

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Hopefully Not

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $305,270,083

Budget: $150 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

Tagline: Feel the wrath

 

Overall: A Sequel, More Like A Lazy Copy

Rating 51

Clash Of The Titans (2010)

logoDirector: Louis Leterrier

Writer: Travis Beacham, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi (Screenplay) Beverley Cross (Original Screenplay)

Starring: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Flemyng, Gemma Arterton, Alexa Davalos, Tine Stapelfeldt, Mads Mikkelsen, Luke Evans

 

Plot: Princess Andromeda (Davalos) is the daughter of king Cepheus, who has gained a victory against the gods. The vengeful god of the underworld, Hades (Fiennes) demands that Andromeda is offered as a sacrifice or he will unleash the Kraken against Argos. A desperate King Cepheus asks demi-god Perseus (Worthington) to find a way to defeat the Kraken. Perseus accepts the challenge because Hades was responsible for his family’s death. He discovers that the way to kill the Kraken lies with getting the head of the gorgon Medusa.

 

Verdict: Action Packed Mythology

 

Story: Using all the Greek mythology that the average person would know, we get the reluctant hero who has to grow his skills, accept who he is and fulfil his destiny. He joins a mixed group of soldiers, warriors and hunters all working towards one common goal. Nearly everything that happens during the film is not the most original but will entertain, with most of the support cast being teachers to help achieve the next step of the adventure. We all know what will happen and with no real twists or turns unfolding this predictable story is still enjoyable. (7/10)

 

Actor Reviews

 

Sam Worthington: Perseus the reluctant hero, demi-god with skills he has only just learnt he had. The son of Zeus who becomes saviour of the people. Good performance that focuses more on his fighting skills rather than his acting ones. (7/10)

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Liam Neeson: Zeus the God who is losing his followers who become increasingly against him. Good supporting performance but most of his scenes are confrontational speeches between other Gods. (6/10)

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Ralph Fiennes: Hades the god of the underworld who sees this chance for him to raise up again and take back his place in with the gods. Good performance in the role trying to gather power and push people in the directions he wants them to go. (8/10)

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Jason Flemyng: Calibos/Acrisius former king of a world that went up against Zeus, but now he rules under Hades with increased power to take revenge on Zeus by killing Perseus. Good supporting role in what is a very disfigured role that creates a good misled supporting villain. (7/10)

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Gemma Arterton: Io a lady who has been watching over Perseus to make sure he stays safe and follows his own destiny. Simple supporting performance filling in blanks for the back story.(5/10)

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Alexa Davalos: Andromeda the princess that Hades wants sacrificed to build up his own following. Good support performance that has to question whether to give herself up or not. (6/10)

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Director Review: Louis Leterrier–Creates a good ‘blockbuster’ style action film that doesn’t have the best script. (7/10)

 

Action: Plenty of action sequences all come off very well. (8/10)

Fantasy: The fantasy side of the story works well using plenty of well-known mythological characters. (8/10)

Settings: Each setting is well constructed to create a real feel to each scene. (9/10)
Special Effects
: Some of the special effects are brilliant, the giant scorpions and the Kraken, but the Medusa looks awful. (7/10)

Suggestion: The action fans out there will enjoy this as it will keep you all entertained without challenging you with its story. (Action Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Kraken

Worst Part: Medusa

Action Scene Of The Film: Giant Scorpions fight.

Kill Of The Film: Medusa

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $493,214,993

Budget: $125 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

Tagline: Titans will clash

 

Overall: Big Over The Top Action Quest

Rating 71