I think everybody has a genre of movie that they will always watch, no matter how terrible said movie actually turns out to be. For some people, it’s horror films. For some, it’s thrillers. For still others, it’s romantic comedies.
For me, it’s movies dealing with ancient Greece, Rome, and the mythology of both.
300, Alexander, Gladiator, Troy, Clash of the Titans, you name it, I’ve probably seen it and enjoyed it far more than most normal people. (Except, perhaps, for Alexander, since that was more biopic and less action.)
And Immortals is right up that alley as well.
What can I say? I judged it from the trailer: more style, less substance, and any mythological accuracy would be more by accident than design. However, there would be action, swords, sandals, gods, monsters, and a plethora of buff men walking around without shirts on.
When you’ve spent the month searching your brain for words and throwing them onto paper, to the tune of several thousand a day, you get to the point that all you really want is a shiny movie with some swords and eye candy. And in that respect, Immortals delivers.
In Immortals, we have King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke), who’s leading an army in a rampage across Greece in search of the Epirus Bow. We have Phaedra (Freida Pinto), the oracle who can tell Hyperion where the bow is located. And we have Theseus (Henry Cavill), a peasant who loses his mother when his small village is ransacked by Hyperion’s army.
Little does Theseus know he’s been chosen by the gods to stop Hyperion, and so the fate of his people rests on his shoulders. Action ensues.
All right, objectively, it’s not a terribly good movie. The plot is kind of incidental. Where they ultimately find the bow (because of course they’re going to find it; you see that in the trailers) is an “oh, come ON” moment.
There was little chemistry between Theseus and Phaedra, so the scene where they got together more perfunctory than, you know, the proper consummation of a relationship.
If you are at all familiar with Greek history/mythology, there will be much facepalming. (Like I said, any accuracy is more incidental than intended. Heck, I was just happy they got the gods’ names right.)
Visually, it’s well-done, for the most part, though at times it got too dark, which made it difficult to tell what was going on. And in the same way, the cuts during the action scenes sometimes went too fast, making it hard to follow the fights.
That being said, obviously, I enjoyed the heck out of it. Generally, I thought the cast did a good job with what they were working with. Mickey Rourke was awesome (as always). And John Hurt was an unexpected surprise. There are many actors that I love to just hear talk, and Hurt is one of them.
Also, I wanted to get a taste of Henry Cavill before he showed up as Superman in 2013’s Man of Steel. In the pictures I’ve seen of that film, he looks like he can pull off Superman, but I wanted to see if he could carry a film like this.
Jury is still out for me. The man looks good, but I was just kind of “meh” on him as Theseus.
I walked in to this movie with my expectations set at a very specific level, and Immortals met them and gave me exactly what I wanted. Not exceeded, mind you. But met, and that was good enough for me.