Rating: 1.25 of 5
Admittedly, it’s been a while since I’ve seen Immortals. But I did not like it at all, which is why I haven’t seen it again now that it’s opened.
I’ve heard visually the effects are good (though they’re about the only thing). Since I saw an early cut I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt. A lot of the color and set choices were interesting, but making the Black Sea look like oil was just an odd choice and took me a minute while watching to figure out that’s what they’d done. I didn’t like the costumes for the Olympians and I didn’t love the music. So, even with better visual effects I still didn’t rate the production very high.
I didn’t like the writing because the dialog was so one dimensional and the narrative was weak and it mutilated Greek mythology. Plus, I didn’t like how depraved some elements of the story were. And the characters were superficial.
I don’t like Mickey Rourke at all so the Performances rating took a big hit from casting him.
But then, both Luke Evans and Henry Cavill were both fun to watch and actually delivered fairly compelling performances. Freida Pinto also did well. So most of the Performances rating is because of them.
I have to admit I don’t have a lot of respect for Tarsem as a director. I don’t think what he does is especially fascinating or innovative. Beyond his stylized visuals, actors may like working with him but he doesn’t get great performances out of them. He kind of just tears through material however he wants without any discretion for substance or a talented cohesion of the film as a whole.