I understand that we’re in show business. That Greek mythology is only mythology. However, I don’t remember the Greek stories being so boring that everything needs to be changed when brought to the big screen. Well, IMMORTALS, the new film from the producers of ‘300’ has brought cinema greatness, but literary shame.
Henry Cavill is Theseus, the mortal man who has been picked by Zeus to lead the fight against King Hyperion, played by the towering actor Mickey Rourke. In a twisted telling of Greek mythology, Titans are losers of battles, Theseus is the bastard-son of a peasant, and apparently Gods can die. Anyone with an ounce of mythological passion will tell you the age old truth; read the Greek myth, it is so much better!
Although the acting and screenplay were superb, it always felt like something was missing from the story. Then I realized what was missing: the story. If Hollywood wants to tamper with mythology at least do so with some finesse, Like TROY, a film that was well done even though inaccurate to its origin.
Nevertheless, Cavill brought a great sense of duty and honor to the character of Theseus. The new Man of Steel gave a searing performance that will wet the palate of those waiting for the new Superman film. In addition, Mickey Rourke proved to everyone that he’s not just a fame of the past, but a veteran in the industry who isn’t to be counted out.
I thoroughly enjoyed the action and graphics that were provided in the film. However, as a fan of Greek myth, I was disappointed by the director’s mangled portrayal of this tale. Is there a director out there that can give me a solid performance and keep the mythology or history? I’m challenged to find one.
We may be an audience that is difficult to please, but we aren’t blind. We see your film that has a great backing of corporate funding and we acknowledge its greatness. However, ripping it apart and giving it no parallel to its mythology is blatantly absurd. You may have wanted your film to last forever, but the immortality will be the memory of how quickly it’s forgotten.
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