DIRECTOR: Tarsem Singh Dhandwar
May Contain Spoilers!
When I first saw the trailers and hype for Immortals, it was strikingly obvious that Zack Snyder’s 300 (2006) was the ‘inspiration’ at the very least. So, after putting this off for a while, even though I love 300, I have not liked the other “homages” to the style, such as the new Spartacus TV series.
But, I must begin by admitting that I was pleasantly surprised that despite the trailer’s assertions to the contrary, this was not your standard 3D meathead action blockbuster. The look was stylised in the 300 way, and sometimes to the detriment of the film, as the ‘profile’ battle sequences, where we follow a character from the side as he or she slayers their enemies, is looking little tried here, certainly as it was done again and again, but in spite of that, the overall look was amazing.
The 3D seemed to compliment it, certainly in direction, with the film using the technology but not directing a film around it. It was the latter which blighted the 2010 Clash of the Titan’s wanted to be, a strong and yet re-imagined take on a Greek myth, this time that of Theseus and the Minotaur, crafted, rather than baked on to the screen. The characters are developed to a reasonable extent, though I must admit that Harry Cavill, next year’s Man Of Steel no less, didn’t impress me as Theseus, giving a wooden performance in parts, but still acceptable none the less. He is certainly not the over hyped Sam Worthington, to his credit!
The story is told in a slightly complex manner and precludes casual viewing, which was not what I was expecting at all, expecting and simple action film with 3D thrills thrown in for good measure, but what we get is a real attempt to bring this story to life, with decent characters, emotion and the Greek gods as we’ve never seen them before. The tone is very good, with a real sense of peril for all concerned, including the inhabitants of Mount Olympus, with Zeus laying down the law along with all the gods, portrayed as young and vibrant characters, rather than old toga laden man and women.
The action’s electric and vibrant, and so is Micky Rourke’s villainous Hyperion, the king who is executing a super-villain-styled plot to bring the Olympian gods down and conniving his way through the film to reach his goal. This was a much more interesting and developed screenplay than I was led to believe and a very pleasant surprise to boot.
It’s not perfect, its pacing can fluctuate from time to time and Cavill lets the side down bit, as does some of the Tarsem’s derivative direction at times, but overall this was not the film that I was expecting and I will defiantly recommend this.