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November 18, 2011

Blockbuster Myths

We've seen a parade of toga clad men and women gracing the small and big screens pulling off roles, pretending to be the quintessential literary heroes of ancient civilization. Mythical gods and goddesses, creatures, men and women come to life to awe and inspire us mere humans with their fantastic feats and labors.

Immortals starring Herny Cavill, Mickey Rourke and Frieda Pinto is a hit and the latest Greek inspired movie to grace our theaters in 3D. After thousands of years later the Greeks still manage to maintain its firm clout on us, they started Drama after all. With this let's revisit Hollywood's past endeavors to bring these mythical Olympian fantasies to life.

Clash of the Titans (1981 Laurence Olivier, Harry Hamlin)
Why I like it: it was faithful to the original story and for a 1981 film, the special effects are good.
What I don't like about it: the special effects

Xena: Warrior Princess TV series (1995 Lucy Lawless, Renee O'Connor)
Why I like it: Xena was so refreshing a leather clad woman who can swing that sword is every man's fantasy.
What I don't like about it: absolutely nothing.

Hercules: The Legendary Adventures TV Series (1995 Kevin Sorbo)
Why I like it: side by side with Xena I get to have my greek myth fix.
What I don't like about it: Kevin Sorbo isn't really my type.

The Odyssey Hallmark TV movie (1997 Armand Asssante, Isabella Rossellini)
Why I like it: for a TV movie Hallmark went all our for this. You can skip the book and just watch the movie, they kept all the important parts as it is.
What I don't like about it: though the action is non-stop, a 176 minute movie can be a challenge to sit through.

Jason and the Argonauts Hallmark TV Movie (2000 Jason London, Natasha Henstridge)
Why I like it: Hallmark did it again for this one. No coin spared and all the details of the original story was faithful to the original.
What I don't like about it: Jason London

Troy (2004 Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom)
Why I like it: the action sequences are amazing plus a bonus peek at Brad Pitt's bum!
What I don't like about it: they screwed up the story, Achilles was already dead when they made the giant horse!

300 (2006 Gerard Butler and Lena Headey)
Why I like it: Gerard Butler and the photography and cinematography is nothing we've seen before. It's dark, gritty and haunting. 300 delicious, valiant men against a despicable army of persians, hero-complex doesn't even begin to describe it!
What I don't like about it: Leonidas died and though he really did, it's just sad that he didn't witness the fruit of his labors.

Clash of the Titans (2010 Liam Neeson, Sam Worthington)
Why I like it: the special effects are amazing and the cast is tight.
What I don't like about it: as usual Hollywood took too many liberties, Perseus didn't end up with Io nor were there Jins in the original Greek story.

this is part of our Olympian Rule special

2 comments:

  1. LOL! I love this post. I am so with you, along with Buffy, Xena was a favorite when growing up. I definitely prefer the original Clash of the Titans to the remake. The special effects were bad (it was the 80s after all), but the story was better executed. I agree about Hercules, I liked the show, but Sorbo wasn't who I imagined as Hercules LOL!

    You hit the Hallmark TV movies on the head LOL! Troy was great, but again, I hate how Hollywood screws up the mythology. I love 300 and understand what you didn't like about it, but I don't think it hurts the movie though. Great post hon, spot on :)

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