Wrath of the Titans: An offense to Greek Mtyh
I hated the new version of the Clash of the Titans…we watched that movie thinking that it was remake of the 80s hit movie. BUT it was not to be…. It was awful!
I mean, if you can’t be true to the myth then why not just say so on the title? Like how the fairy tales are being retold these days..that would have been quite a welcome courtesy.
But nooooo…they made us believe that it was related to the first movie and so loving that movie those of us gullible enough to believe Hollywood watched it and wasted money on a crappy movie.
And now comes Wrath of the Titans which is another movie supposedly based on Greek myths…but was not. I mean, if Clash of the Titans violated the myth; Wrath of the Titans completely murdered it.
First off, Perseus didn’t marry Io. He married the maiden Andromeda, daughter of Queen Cassiopeia, who boasted herself equal in beauty to the Nereids, and drew down the vengeance of Poseidon, who sent an inundation on the land and a sea serpent, Cetus.
Io , a priestess of Hera in Argos a nymph who was seduced by Zeus, who changed her into a heifer to escape detection. Suspicious as ever, and as well she should be , Hera obliged Zeus to give her the heifer as a gift and proceeded to imprison Io putting Argos with 100 eyes to watch over her. But feeling guilty about the fate that befell poor Io, Zeus commanded his son, Hermes, god of thieves and commerce to free the maiden. Heifer Io was then set loose but unable to defy the wishes of Zeus..Hera sent a maddening gadly to sting and torment Io all the way to Egypt.
Secondly, Helius was not Perseus’ son! He was not even one of this 9 children…. Perseus and Andromeda had seven sons: Perses, Alcaeus, Heleus, Mestor, Sthenelus, Electryon, and Cynurus, and two daughters, Gorgophone, and Autochthe. I don’t see Helius’ name in there.
Helius , was the sun god of Greek mythology. He was the son of the Titans, Hyperion and Theia, so technically he is a titan.
Thirdly..and certainly not the last! It was Hercules and NOT Perseus who helped the Olympians defeat the Titans. Pretty boy Perseus who wouldn’t have been able to accomplish what he did without help from the gods and goddesses of Olympus wouldn’t know what to do in a fight! He defeated the sea serpent Cetus, using Medusa’s head…he defeated Proetus by turning him into stone…again using Medusa’s head.
Though it true that the two greek heroes were descended from the same line…Perseus according to the Athenian orator, Isocrates, was four generations ahead of Hercules.
Also observed on the film was the lack of solid motivation for the characters to change alliance from one to the other. One minute Hades was helping Kronos to rise to power and the next he is filled with brotherly love (and I say that with the utmost sarcasm) that he turned coat and helped Zeus defeat the titan, Kronos.
And surprise, surprise the real turn-coat of the lot, Area, god of war, did not change sides. He remained with Kronos when if we based this on the myth Area would easily change sides faster than anyone else once he sees that the other side is winning.
But as one movie review writer said this movie is “a mess of mythical proportions!” And she’s quite right…Homer must be turning in his grave…poor guy his life work ruined.