davidd (davidd) wrote,

Left Me Feelin' Kind of... Sad? Discouraged? Out of Touch?

The other day one of my Plurk contacts posted a link to the latest trailer for the upcoming Clash of the Titans remake along with some commentary.

First off, do people even realize this upcoming film is a remake?

Secondly, why did they approach this project as a remake? Yeah, the title is pretty catchy, but mythology is kind of fair game for anybody, seeing as how the copyright pretty much expired FIVE-THOUSAND YEARS AGO, so it's not really necessary to remake an older film to tell a story from mythology, is it? I mean, why not simply retell a story from mythology under a new title?

But those aren't really the reasons the comments left me feeling sort of lost. What bothers me, I guess "bothers" is the right word, is the way a number of people were cheering about the effects shot of the kraken, a huge, squid-like sea monster.

I watched the trailer, and I re-watched the brief kraken shots a few times. From the first viewing, my initial impression was nothing like "whoa!" or "wow!" or "awesome!" or "cool!" Rather, the first thought which flashed to my mind was, "hand puppet." Specifically, "hand puppet EXACTLY like the one in the "birth scene" at the end of the movie Humanoids From the Deep.

I haven't seen Humanoids since the original theatrical release, so I combed the great cesspool of online video clips, YouTube, for that sequence. I was only able to find a couple of low-grade versions, but they were sufficiently detailed to confirm my initial impression. The kraken hand-puppet in the new Clash of the Titans is almost identical to the baby humanoid hand-puppet in Humanoids From the Deep. The kraken has a whole gob of fake-looking digital tentacles waving around behind it, is all.

I think people spend so much time playing video games that "digital" is their version of reality. Totally fake is completely acceptable as "awesome."

That's okay. It just doesn't do much for me. I guess I saw enough of the "totally fake" a decade (or three) ago, so I'm not as easily impressed anymore. Teetering as I am on the precipice of codgerhood, I can't help but think that the old version of fake was equally or more convincing than the new, digitally enhanced version of fake.

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