Well we finally got a babysitter and went to see the movie this afternoon. It was a little cheesy, as expected, but fun! The story was slightly altered, as is the case with most re-makes.
I think some of the cheesy-ness was on purpose, in keeping with the spirit of the original movie. Sort of a campy feel. Bubo the Owl, was only on screen for about five seconds! Perseus is choosing from a cache of weapons and tools, and pulls Bubo the owl out of a box of old items. “What’s this?” he asks the soldiers. “Nothing, just leave it.” they reply and toss it back into the box. During the time he was out of the box, Bubo chirped, whistled, and flapped his little wings, much to my delight. I was heartbroken when he was tossed back on the box. It was obviously some sort of inside joke about a disagreement between directors, writers and producers, about whether or not to include Bubo the owl in the re-make. It seemed to reflect their final decision “Oh just leave it out!” But for the fans of the original they showed the owl, and the joke.
In keeping with the darker theme, Hades is featured prominently in the story. Also, Pegasus is a black horse. There are a few other changes as well. Some of the acting was a bit forced and cheesy, but again I think it’s keeping with the original. The music could have been better coordinated to the scenes; the music was generic and uneventful.
Neatest bits were watching the special effects, of course. I always love to see what they do with those. The giant scorpions were well done and had me clinging to hubby during the scene, much to his delight. They were a bit scary. The Kraken was really neat, too. Very creepy! The three witches were very well done, the makeup and rubber masks were fantastic.
Pegasus was gorgeous, with my love of horses I was so pleased with the special effects to create Pegasus. His wings didn’t look “stuck on” and his movements were matched VERY well to the flying scenes. His legs and wings worked in unison, rather than just filming a horse and tossing wings on after. It looked “natural” you can tell the special effects people really studied horses and their movements. Kudos to whoever coordinated that. They also showed the black Pegasus chasing a small herd of white Pegasus, when he is first introduced. He is a much larger stallion, chasing away the white mares. I think this signified the movement of the movie to a darker theme, away from the lighter theme of the original. The scene was nicely done. These beautiful white Pegasus like the original land nearby. You think “Oh how beautiful! Here is Pegasus, just like the original.” Then this huge, gorgeous stallion swoops down and startles the others off like a flock of birds. Nice touch.
My end vote - worth an afternoon priced movie, and would be fun for DVD, especially for fans of the original. Sam Worthington is not bad to look at, either, which is sugar on top.