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[Review] – Wuthering Heights

19 Oct

Title: Wuthering Heights
Year: 2012
Director: Andrea Arnold
Writers: Andrea Arnold and Olivia Hetreed, based on the novel by Emily Brontë
Starring: Kaya Scodelario, James Howson, Oliver Milburn
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Runtime: 129 min
IMDb Rating: 6.3
Rotten Tomatoes: 76%
Metacritic: 74

Okay, time to tell you guys about a connection I made before watching this film. Last year I saw Cary Fukunaga‘s brilliant Jane Eyre adaptation, which I gave an A to and landed at 27th in my year-end list. Jane Eyre, of course, adapted from the classic Charlotte Brontë novel and starring Michael Fassbender as Rochester (my 18th favorite lead male performance from 2011), an actor who also starred in Fish Tank in 2009, the stunning, Criterion-approved film from Andrea Arnold who now directs Wuthering Heights, an adaptation of Emily Brontë‘s just-as-iconic novel. That whole connection, by the way, means nothing, I just thought I might as well share it.

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Clash of the Titans

11 Apr

Title: Clash of the Titans
Year: 2010
Director: Louis Leterrier
Writers: Lawrence Kasdan, Travis Beacham, Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, adapting from the script of the original 1981 film by Beverly Cross
Starring: Sam Worthington, Mads Mikkelsen, Alexa Davalos, Danny Huston, Gemma Arterton, Pete Postelthwaite, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Polly Walker, Kaya Scodelario, Nicholas Hoult, Agyness Deyn, Natalia Vodianova
MPAA Rating: PG-13, fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief sensuality
Runtime: 106 min
Major Awards:
IMDb Rating: 6.4
Rotten Tomatoes: 31%

Clash of the Titans is a nice remake, it’s not a good one, but when seeing it you know that Leterrier has seen the original 1981 film and loves it and wanted to do it right, in that sense he does, because you do sense it’s an affectionate remake, but it’s not, however, a good film.

The mortal people of Argos have had it with the gods up there in Olympus and have recruited Perseus, played by Sam Worthington, a demi-god son of Zeus and a human woman, they have recruited him to start a revolt against the gods, which the gods will obviously try to put down.

Clash of the Titans is obviously not as much about the story as it is about being the action blockbuster that is, as its the standard for these films nowadays, also available in 3D. The thing is, this film wasn’t shot in 3D, it was converted to it later in post-production, and if you know me you’ll know I’m not huge on 3D in most cases, and in this case I hated it because it wasn’t even meant to be shown in 3D, it was an afterthought from a studio that wanted to make more money.

But nevertheless, the action sequences in 2D are technically outstanding and the kraken was beautifully done, and I’m a fashion junkie, so seeing Natalia Vodianova and Agyness Deyn show up for small roles was an extra treat.

I could go on telling you about the plot, but it’s irrelevant, this is all about the action scenes, it’s all about the craftsmanship of it all, how convincing they can make the kraken and Andromeda and everything else in between, and to be fair they do make them quite nicely, but the film itself is entirely silly, the acting is completely stale even if they do have Neeson and Fiennes on board, but who cares, nobody will go to a film called Clash of the Titans to see Oscar-worthy interactions between Hades and Zeus. So yeah, I do kind of recommend it if you like this sort of stuff, just do yourself a favor, don’t pay the extra $5 for the 3D.

Grade: C-