Clash of the Titans, that empty vessel of pomp and bombast, is worth a (2-D) watch, if only to see quite how uncomfy the Aussie brickie Sam Worthington actually looks in a miniskirt. (His face says he’s gonna throw up just a little, mate.) Which is quite funny. But the rest of the movie? Not so much. The script feels like some rushed and breathy presentation at a studio pitching session: “And then, they’ll run into giant scorpions, but they’ll be saved by some djinns, who’ll carry them across country to the three witches who….” blah blah blah. The stalwart Britpack of Thesps (I think I’ve discovered a new collective noun!) munch furniture, and there’s someone in the design team who really likes pointy talons/tails with stings on them.
Fortunately though, the locations are quite interesting. The gateway to Medusa’s lair was filmed at the charmingly named Harriet Hole at Dinorwic Slate Quarry in North Wales. Opened in 1787, it’s located between the villages of Llanberis and Dinorwig near Caernarfon, and in its day was the second largest slate quarry in the world. Pics of the production on location (including some bewildered camels) here.
The other stand out location is Teide National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Tenerife, and Timanfanya National Park in Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. (In a nod of thanks to the islands, the Spanish premier of the film was held there.) Most of the rest was done in studio.