Why am I writing about CLASH OF THE TITANS on a horror website? Well, for starters, it’s my site and I can do whatever I want, but the real reason is this: I want no one to see CLASH in 3D. I wish it didn’t exist in the format.
The word is spreading about how poor the post-production 3D on CLASH is, so you’ve probably already heard all of this elsewhere, but this is a particular case where I’m happy to just add to the din. If even only one person reads this and avoids Warner Brothers’ pathetic cash grab, I’ll be happy. If you haven’t heard the cacophony of backlash yet, I’ll explain.
CLASH OF THE TITANS was never supposed to be in 3D. Louis Leterrier designed the film with a 2D plane in mind; that’s how it was molded from the ground up by all of the artists involved. When AVATAR made over $2 billion at the box office, however, the studio started to look at the idea of converting CLASH into 3D. Either no one actually watched that test footage or the studio decided the fact that the movie now looked like complete shit was not nearly as big a deal as their increased profit potential should they release a film that people can pay an extra $5 to see. So they went ahead and converted the entire film.
Guess what? It looks like complete shit. It’s downright disgraceful, actually. I’m not on the anti-3D bandwagon, either. I think when it’s used properly, it can indeed enhance the theater experience. But for that to happen, a filmmaker must anticipate the medium; they must know they’re making a 3D film and craft accordingly. Sadly Louis Leterrier was not afforded that luxury.
I’m one of the few people who actually enjoyed CLASH OF THE TITANS, too, this despite the experience-ruining 3D. It’s not great by any stretch, but it’s adequately entertaining thanks to great character/creature design, a lot of solid, well cut fantasy action (after a tepid 30-minutes of beating us over the head with Perseus wanting to be a man and not a Demigod), and a very impressive cast of supporting characters (Sam Worthington is still saddled with a charmless role that doesn’t allow him to show off even a fraction of the screen presence he had in ROGUE). But three minutes into the press screening I was already wishing I was just watching the movie at home on Blu-ray.
And I wouldn’t be so pissed about it were CLASH not the first in a growing line of Warner Brothers films that are being converted to 3D in post-production. When it releases this summer, do keep in mind that HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS was NOT shot with 3D in mind; it’s a price-hike convert. Same is sadly going to be said of Zack Snyder’s SUCKER PUNCH and Martin Campbell’s GREEN LANTERN. Basically, if Warner Brothers is putting out a film in 2010 that’s in 3D, it’s this bullshit, fake 3D. And that really pisses me off to no end.
tl;dr: CLASH OF THE TITAN’s fake 3D robs it of its scope by adding fake depth. DO NOT WANT.