Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Kraken Shame

I had always planned on seeing Louis Leterrier's Clash of the Titans in 2D, but even I didn't see this shitstorm brewing, with critics hailing the post-conversion 3D print of the Ray Harryhausen remake as an absolute disaster.

Massawyrm of Aint It Cool News revealed that "half a dozen critics watched the film blurry rather than subjecting themselves to the torment of this bastardized hack job of a 3D render." Devin Faraci of CHUD added that the "post-conversion creates pop-up book 3D, where everything is a flat plane that is separated from other flat planes, offering illusory depth, but Clash takes that to the next level."

And lastly (and this is the worst of all), Hollywood Elsewhere's Jeff Wells said that from what he saw, the film "looked too dark". When I saw Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, this same dark, dim 3D post-conversion haze, which makes you feel like you're watching it with a pair of Ray-Ban's on, put a significant dent in the proceedings.

The trouble with gauging a temperature for the film itself is that all of these critics are emerging disgruntled and irate from the murky, flubbed conversion process. As it stands, Clash of the Titans has a 35% RT rating, but I can't really find a review that doesn't relegate the film's merits to mere background noise in favor of pounding the 3D.

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