Thursday, April 08, 2010

Clash of the Titans

Clash of the Titans (2010)

After watching the movie, "Clash of the Titans", I must express my disappointment. No, it's not merely due to the headache caused by seeing the show in 3D. I prefer the 1981 version of the movie much better. (Just compare that "Clash of the Titans (1981 film)" & "Clash of the Titans (2010 film)".

Clash of the Titans (1981)

But what I am disappointed the most is that there is no Titan involved! Darn. I have always known the story, but I never question the inaccurate title.

Perhaps the only good thing about this show is that it leads to the creation of a Wikipedia article on the show which includes comparison to the myth:
Differences from the myth

* Perseus was the son of Zeus and the princess Danaë - he was conceived when Zeus visited Danaë disguised as a shower of gold, not her husband. Adds to that, Danaë was never married; King Acrisius was her father.

* Acrisius's reason for casting Danaë and Perseus into the sea in a wooden crate were to stop a prophecy that said Perseus would kill him from coming true. Both Perseus and Danaë survived and were rescued by a fisherman, Dictys, when the crate was washed up on the island of Seriphos. Acrisius was never punished by Zeus for this terrible deed.

* Perseus's reason for setting out to find the gorgan Medusa was to save his mother from an unwanted marriage to Dictys's brother, Polydectes, who sent him on the quest in the hopes that he would've been killed. But Perseus returned safely from his quest and used Medusa's head to turn Polydectes to stone.

* Io had no connection with Perseus at all and was never cursed with agelessness; she was a nymph who was seduced by Zeus in the form of a cloud and was then transformed by him into a cow to protect her from Hera's wrath, but once Hera's anger ceased, Io was able to return to her womanly form. On his quest to slay Medusa, Perseus was guided by his half-sister Athena.

* Hades was never an enemy of Perseus, nor did he ever kill any mortals or try to overthrow his brother Zeus, and he was never tricked into taking the underworld; he chose it of his own will when he and his brothers defeated Kronos and divided the world into three parts for them each to take and rule; Zeus took the Heavens and skies, Poseidon took the seas and Hades took the underworld.

* Perseus was given three pieces of armor and weaponry made by the gods - a sword made by Hermes, a mirrored shield made by Athena and a helmet of invisibility made by Hades.

* The Kraken was never a part of Greek mythology; it is actually a sea monster from later legends and folklore and is often portrayed as a giant octopus creature.

* Andromeda was sent to be sacrificed to a sea monster on the orders of Poseidon, not Hades. This order was made when her beautiful, but proud mother, Queen Cassiopeia, had dared claim that Andromeda was more attractive than the Nereids, marine nymphs and grand-daughters of Oceanus. Insulted by such arrogance, they asked Poseidon to avenge the offense, so he sent the sea monster to ravage the kingdom and made it clear through an oracle that no relief would be forthcoming until Andromeda was sacrificed to the monster.

* Perseus married Andromeda after he saved her life, but it wasn't until after he claimed the head of Medusa that he met her. On his way home, he saw her chained to a rock by the sea and fell in love with her. He used Medusa's head to turn the sea monster to stone and claimed Andromeda's hand in marriage.

* Perseus used Medusa's head three times - to turn Polydectes to stone so his mother would be saved from marrying him, to slay the sea monster that Andromeda had been offered to as a sacrifice and to kill Phineus at his wedding to Andromeda after Phineus declared that he was the rightful groom since Andromeda had been engaged to him. He later gave the head to Athena, who went onto wearing it in her armor.

* Acrisius was the ruler of Argos; Andromeda's parents King Cepheus and Queen Cassiopeia were the rulers of Phoenicia. Perseus and Andromeda later became the new rulers of Argos after the prophecy saying that Perseus would kill Acrisius came true when he accidentally killed him during a series of athletic games.

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