watchin'. Take a cue from "Immortals" and bust out your sandals and swords while you check out these five Greek God movies. From the cheesy to the inspired, the mythos of the Greeks hits the silver screen like a lightning bolt straight to your head.
“Jason and the Argonauts."
From the regal bearing of the gods to the eloquent dialogue, “Jason and the Argonauts” is a Greek god movie that gives as much weight to the words spoken as it does to the battles fought. A true classic, the story brings you swiftly into the realm of man and gods as Jason goes questing for the golden fleece, an item that will ensure his rise to power.
With glorious 1980s effects and a mechanical owl, you will love “Clash of the Titans” with the same fondness you have for Hi-C Ecto Cooler and Saturday morning cartoons. Rerun all the time, “Clash of the Titans” was almost omnipresent on network television. The hellishly frightening Medusa’s fight with Perseus is flat-out greatness, from the stop motion effects down to the sound effects used for her scaly tail.
“Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief."
If there’s something worse than an absentee dad, it’s an absentee dad who happens to be a god. Percy, the son of Poseidon, gets to live a normal life until Zeus decides that it was Percy who was the kleptomaniac who stole his lightning bolt. You’d think that most gods would be immune to simple mortal foibles like losing your car keys or misplacing your lightning bolt, but you’d be wrong. “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” is a fun yarn that keeps the mythology of the Greek gods alive and interesting. As Percy and friends (including Alexandara Daddario) encounter Medusa at a greenhouse/garden store, the scene is a dose of fright coupled with the idea that there is no place better for a monster that can turn her enemies to stone than a garden center where statues are expected.
A comic book brought to life, “300” is a movie that gives you that same sense of childlike wonder of reading a new comic up in your tree fort. Violence and buddy-buddy swordplay is abundant and unrepentant in its glorious bloodletting as the action sweeps you up. There is some anti-hunchback propaganda but you’ll be able to separate that fiction from your real life, unless of course you had a bad experience with carnival folk.
Kirk Douglas plays the cursed hero in “Ulysses” and does it with an eagerness that translates well on the silver screen. A battle-worn hero, Ulysses just wants to return home but his path is marred by vengeful enemies and supernatural terrors. The troubles extend to his wife and son as they have their own monsters to deal with as suitors for the presumed widow have piled up at home. Ulysses’ battle of wits with the Cyclops is a scene that pulsates with burgeoning threat and menace, as well as showing off the ingenuity the film used in a time where CGI wasn’t around to help. Much like “Immortals," “Ulysses” is a Greek god movie that shows that divine intervention can be as much a bane as a boon.