last night the stars of Wrath of the Titans swapped their swords and sandals for suits and shades to hit the red carpet for the London premiere. The venue for the event says a lot about the differences between the first film & this sequel. They picked the BFI IMAX cinema rather than the usual West End locations to present this 3D film which is hopefully a statement that they are proud of what they have created. He might be contractually obliged to say so but Liam Neeson commented that he thinks this is one of a few films to make good use of 3D (presumably not counting Clash of the Titans). When I chatted to director Jonathan Lieberman amongst all the gladiator types on the red carpet I asked him what he put that down to. “We were trying really hard to over correct from the criticism the first movie received, so we really put everything into making sure that the 3D is as exceptional as possible”.
Other than the 3D I was interested in what the returning Sam Worthington thought they had fixed in response to the poor reviews of the first film. “We just had to up the ante, reviews don’t really bother me at all, the main review is how many people go to see the film because that is who we make film for, an audience. And primarily if an audience demands, and gives us feedback on what we need to do then that is what we put into the sequel. We listen to all the bloggers and try to deliver a sequel that is bigger and bolder than the first one”. So if you want to have an influence on the third film, get blogging!
Another change would be the attempt to inject more comedy into this film with both Toby Kebbell and Bill Nighy adding some humour. I asked Toby if he felt under any pressure to be providing the laughs in this film. “I didn’t feel under any pressure no, it just turned out nicely that way. Bill Nighy is very funny in it also, so it just a privilege to be alongside him.”
Wrath of the Titans roars into cinemas on 30th March. Check it out to see if you feel the changes were enough to make the sequel more Titan than Titanic.