Ye Gods, it seems like there is a multitude of mythological movies sprouting up these days.
The wonder of age old Greek mythology has long been a firm favourite of readers across the world. Indeed such epics as the Illiad and Aeneid are corner stone’s of the literary tradition itself.
It was only a matter of time before these amazing stories got picked up by Hollywood and transformed into big screen powerhouses.
Ok, so it’s not like it’s a new idea to make mythological movies. Think about the good ol’ Clash of the Titans back in 1981. Theres nothing cooler than watching the gods chosen one Perseus as he kicks the crap out of Medusa and does battle against the super powerful Kraken monster. This brings me to the first of the mythological movies I would like to mention…thats right, it’s the Clash of the Titans remake. This star studded mythological blockbuster is being directed by Louis Leterrier and stars such actor’s as Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes. While this latest version of Clash of the Titans is different from the original movie, it still has a pretty stock standard quest theme. Perseus leads a band of heroes off on a quest to kill Hades Kraken beast and restore the balance of the gods which will in turn stop Hades from overthrowing Zeus and causing an omnipotent amount of trouble.
I’m really looking forward to this one because I am a huge fan of Greek mythology, which I studied a few mod’s of a few years ago. It’s going to be a visual feast of demi-god hack hack slash slash…AWESOME!
I really do dig this Sam Worthington fellow, he’s a kickbum actor and I’m sure he will pull of the role of Perseus perfectly.
The next mythological movie on my radar is the upcoming fantasy action romp entitled Dawn of War and no, it has nothing to do with Warhammer 40k. Join the super vriss Greek warrior Theseus as he embarks on a journey to discover the truth of his lineage to the king and to realize his destiny of becoming his country’s greatest warrior. Yep, prepare yourselves for a full on demon destroying quest of power. The cast for me is pretty unknown. Theseus is played by a young actor called Henry Cavill, who I don’t know very well at all, he supposedly played in The Tudors and Neil Gaiman’s Stardust. The biggest name in the flick is none other than Mickey Rourke, who is making a stellar comeback to the big screen, heck he will even be the main villain in the new Ironman 2 flick. Great job Mickey, you rock dude!
There is of course the few bad eggs when it comes to the genre of Mythological movies. Case in point being Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief! Ouch, this movie received some pretty shocking reviews and has been slammed by the more fantasy crazed movie goers. Honestly I haven’t seen it, so I will wait until I have checked it out before I burn it too badly.
Yep the mythological movie recipe is one that either works or is torn apart by frigging harpies. Troy is probably the best mythological epic come movie that has worked in the past few years. The public lapped up Troy, partially because of the cool battle scenes, but mostly because of the lead actor Brad Pitt. Dude it was a cool movie, but it made literature and history students want to throw up big chunks of sadness. Luckily the general public are unknowing of serious plot perversions. I suppose like Troy, the new Clash of the Titans and Dawn of War will warp the original stories of these larger than like heroes. Hollywood, what are we going to do with it? Stop corrupting our minds with falsified shiny LIES!