I have recently been fortunate enough to attend more movies than usual. I’m a sucker for period pieces and I love history. I noticed “Clash of the Titans” and “The Prince of Persia:The Sands of Time” came out around the same time and they both are set during the same period in history.
To be totally honest, they both looked pretty terrible to me when I saw their trailers. However, I had more faith in “Clash” because I love the original and I believe Sam Worthington is a good leading man. “Persia” was produced by Disney and starred Jake Gyllenhaal (2 negatives, in my opinion). Needless to say, I watched “Clash” first.
I can sum up “Clash of the Titans” in two words: Epically Awful.
I mean…it was more than bad. The script was atrocious, the acting was horrible, and costumes looked cheesy. I had no emotional attachment to any character. People kept dying and I didn’t even care…I didn’t even know their names. Same Worthington was really really terrible. I’m still confused why Liam Neeson agreed to be in this movie (albeit, a small part).
Disgruntled and feeling somewhat robbed, I decided to catch “Persia” a few weeks later. My expectations were incredibly low. You know what? It wasn’t bad. Yes…I said it. It wasn’t bad. Maybe I was comparing it to how awful “Clash” was, but I actually enjoyed it. It ENTERTAINED me, which is what movies are supposed to do.
Now, don’t get me wrong. It was no “Gladiator.” I’m not even sure I’d say it is worth the $8-$10 for a ticket (few movies are). It was, however, much better than “Clash of the Titans.” If you love movies set in a historical background, you might even really love it (but keep in mind, it’s more fantasy than historical).
So, in the end, “The Prince of Persia” wins the battle.
I’m also pretty sure that in a fight between Jake Gyllenhaal and Sam Worthington…Gyllenhaal would dominate.