I had put off watching Immortals because the trailers I saw when it was initially released didn’t the trailers didn’t interest me at all. It all seemed like flashy nonsense that left me having zero clue about what the movie is about. I decided to watch it after learning who directed it as well as it being a hard-to-find movie. It seems to be a common thing for the films of Tarsem Singh Dhandwar to be hard to find.
Immortals was written by Charles and Vlas Parlapindes and they did a grab bag approach to their take on Greek mythology. Their story takes names and characters from Greek mythology and mixes it together to make its own story. The story didn’t really make much sense to me, especially since I’m a huge fan of Greek mythology. Tarsem Sing, which is how he was credited, has a distinct visual style. His style worked incredibly well for the story, even if it did veer into the ridiculous at times. This movie shares a visual style with Zack Snyder’s 300, which only makes sense with both being connected to ancient Greece.
The cast is the biggest surprise to me. It’s a majority of big names of when it was released, and the lead has gone on to be one of the biggest stars in the years since. Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff, Luke Evans, Isabel Lucas, Kellan Lutz, Freida Pinto, and Mickey Rourke star in Immortals. Mickey Rourke made for a pretty outstanding antagonist. He makes you hate him easily and it only gets worse as the movie goes on. Henry Cavill is great as Theseus, and we get glimpses of the physicality he would bring to his later roles. The Gods feel odd but I’m sure they’re played the way that they were written.
The practical effects are amazing. They’re helped along by the set and costume designers. The set and costume design is always amazing. I feel like he works with people that know exactly what he wants to fit his visual style. The visual effects used throughout the movie are impressive. It’s mostly to color correct everything to make it look similar. The music by Trevor Morris is really good. It fits the tone for the movie perfectly.
Immortals is a visually interesting movie that is kind of a mess story wise. I don’t know how much someone that love Greek mythology will love the movie, but I do think there’s enough to enjoy. If you’ve seen Singh’s first two movies The Cell and The Fall you know what you’re getting into, in a way. For right now you can watch Immortals on the Starz app but its supposed to be leaving soon. I give Immortals 5 spears out of 10. [kofi]