Post-Hunger Games means two big releases in the same weekend. The question is how much do they impact Hunger Games and are they any good? Should you just give in and watch Katniss and crew if you haven’t seen the film yet? Do you get your eyes assaulted with stupendous action or go for a more lively live-action fairy tale? Find out below.
Wrath of the Titans
It’s a rollicking ride with some of the best use of 3D that I’ve seen since Avatar. Not only are you dodging boulders and logs but you’re also breathing in the dust and marvelling at the stars.
Overall, I felt like I was being pounded to death by the theater’s subwoofers and having things flung at me from the screen.
What it lacks are the very elements that made the first movie such a surprise: wit and nerve.
And while “Wrath of the Titans” may not be escapist fantasy entertainment at its finest (that distinction belongs to “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy), the film’s strong cast and striking visuals make for a thrilling theatrical ride.
Verdict: Go see it for cinematic fun, Wait for DVD if you want a good story.
Singh is much more skilled as a visual artist than a storyteller, and his artistic fortunes seem to rise and fall with the inspiration of his screenwriters.
However, the dwarves provide wonderful fun, Singh’s visuals have true magic and Alan Menken’s score is charming.
All we get are scattered bits of cleverness, some hit and some miss.
When the dust settles, all that’s left are a few motes of lame comedy atop a few million bucks worth of overdressed sets. Call me Grumpy, but this seems less an adaptation than a random assault.
Verdict: Wait for DVD