Immortals (2011)

2013 #64
Tarsem Singh Dhandwar | 111 mins | Blu-ray | 1.85:1 | USA / English | 15* / R

ImmortalsA mash-up of mythology and… well, not giving a toss about mythology, Immortals is largely style over substance. Trailers reminiscent of 300 belie a (slightly) higher degree of artiness: in the making-of, Tarsem espouses that there are many “comic strip” movies, but he wanted to make a “painted strip” movie; Henry Cavill calls it “Fight Club meets Caravaggio”.

In the finished film the style doesn’t come across so self-consciously, but it does look beauteous more than strive to make sense. Nonetheless, despite a slow-ish first half and muddled final act, it’s often entertaining in a “pretty pictures with fighting” way.

3 out of 5

* The UK version was modified to get a 15: a couple of cuts to extreme violence (beheadings, throat slittings), red blood re-coloured black, and a reduced sound effect. Unusually, this is the same on the DVD & Blu-ray as it was in cinemas. Technically, therefore, the version I watched isn’t rated R; though it’s still very violent, so it’s hard to imagine it would have missed out. ^

In the interests of completing my ever-growing backlog, I decided to post ‘drabble reviews’ of some films. For those unfamiliar with the concept, a drabble is a complete piece of writing exactly 100 words long.