Friday, December 14, 2007

Remake Watch: Clash Of The Titans

It was just a matter of time, wasn't it? I just knew it had to happen. And the result of this would possibly be the opening of the floodgates to more remakes of films featuring Ray Harryhausen's early special effects. Well, simply because they feel they can do better than Harryhausen, because they've got CGI.

But to old farts like me, digital effects take away the awe and wonder of stop-motion and forced perspective effects, and other tricks that came out of the sleeves of some of the greatest minds in cinema. People like Harryhausen and Rick Baker had to work within strict confines and limited resources, and relied largely on their ingenuity in creating magic for the screen.

When Jurassic Park, Death Becomes Her and The Mask came out, it was wild fun and breathtaking to see the new possibilities created by computer effects. But at this point, there are no surprises anymore.

The producers of the Clash Of The Titans remake better realise that they should have a GREAT story and not rely on audiences to go see it for the effects.

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