Appetizers To See The Wrath Of The Titans Movie...
Appetizers To See The Wrath Of The Titans Movie….
I had the choice of seeing the Hunger Games or the Wrath of The Titans movie, but chose the latter, perhaps, because I have seen the first two movies and enjoyed them immensely. In the newly minted trilogy, we find our famous, reluctant demigod, Perseus, without the trappings of being a half god and still the prodigal son of the notorious Zeus. Instead, Perseus has shed his armor and has become a fisherman in the village where he was born and to underscore how domestic and far removed from the Divine realm Perseus has become is the fact that he is now a young widower with a young son. It is also implied that Perseus had the choice of resurrecting his wife had he called upon his father, Zeus, but did not give in to the temptation of having and yielding to his dysfunctional, lethal side of the family who is almost omniscient… this also speaks volumes about how Perseus tacitly loathed the demigod part of his family, but embraces his mortal side of his lineage.
Like a true benign, meddling father though, Zeus still looks in on his son… so much so that Perseus has also become keen on when his father is about to be manifested. Zeus in the trilogy, played brilliantly by Liam Neeson, is not as cantankerous like his appearance in the second movie, but is more patient and less arrogant on the question about man/god interaction and their respective stations in life - of course, Zeus also visits Perseus in his dreams and shows him scary, perditious times to come. No sooner had the nightmarish dreams start, we see the village where Perseus resides in reality being bombarded by monsters and demigod-caused disasters… forcing the reluctant Perseus to once again don his armor to save mankind from the bastard side of his family. But, alas, like mortals, the gods have their troubles too and most of them are borne out of family squabbles… and trouble is brewing among the gods because we see Zeus approaching the brother he banished to the underworld, Hades, to form an alliance… we learned too that Aries has a malignant grudge against his father because he thinks that Perseus is favored by Zeus.
This alliance was supposed to thwart Kronos, the father of Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon, from escaping and wreaking havoc on mortals. Needless to say, there is a betrayal and Zeus is tricked and captured with his essence being the source for his father’s resurrection. In the interim, Perseus is seeking out Poseidon son, who is hilarious and provides the comic relief in this awesome action fest. When the action starts, we are subtly reminded just how much Perseus has given up fighting because he winces from back pains and complains that Pegasus, his trusted flying horse, does not know how to make a landing. No sooner had Perseus landed, he summoned Aries in a unique way, whereby the fight is on… the battle is fierce with the Cane/Abel like drama being played out in a desert setting - it is amazing how the writers/director brought what is supposed to be an Oxymoron to life, that of gods dying and, ironically, making said gods seem so mortal in their struggles….
Ralph Fiennes is brilliant too, as usual, reprising his role as Hades and spewing one liners in that deadpan manner only few can and that will have you rolling in laughter; even Perseus gets to be part of the brilliant writing; in one instance, Perseus tells a cousin of his that his demigod father is dead… the cousin retorts that gods do not die… Perseus then snaps back, ‘that they do now!’ The action builds and every successive fight scene is better than the last – from the fights with the brothers Cyclops to the monsters with multiples arms and legs wielding vicious swords – while Perseus is trying to make his way to the underworld to rescue his father, Zeus. The underworld holds the key to the weapons that must work in unison to destroy Kronus and those who concocted this underworld, which looks like Dante’s Inferno come to life, deserve much kudos.
At the conclusion of the movie, we see both Hades and Zeus making their brotherly peace and Perseus finally embracing both sides of his human and demigod lineage and handing his son a weapon made for the gods, which was too heavy for the young boy. Perseus’ son struggle with the weapon for me is symbolic of the life he will soon lead, and, which brought to my mind Shakespeare’s admonition that ‘heavy lies the crown’ that will require the Herculean effort of that boy to be the buffer between vicious demigods and mortals, at least for the other installment of the ongoing demigod/mortal saga.