Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hercules and Hollywood Don't Mix

    I recently saw Hercules staring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and to get to the point, it was a good movie. It could've been better but when comparing it to past Hercules movies, this was the best out of all of them. For those that know me know I'm not a big Brett Ratner fan, I think the only movie that I enjoyed his work in was Tower Heist and Family Man. His movies are generally a hit or miss and this one wasn't a hit on the bullseye but it at least landed on the target which is what most Hercules films haven't done. For those that haven't seen or know what the movie is about, I'll give you a quick run down.
    The movie starts with Hercules becoming a shell of a former hero after the death of his family and in his depression, he finds a meaning to become that hero once again. After enduring his legendary labors, Hercules becomes a warrior for hire and is hired by a king to aid him in his war against a bloodthirsty nemesis. On this journey, he encounters many mythological creatures that gets the audience excited and keeps them in their seats. Overall, it was a good action summer movie much like Transformers: Age of Extinction and The Rock puts on one hell of a performance as the famous hero.
    Hercules has been an admired name for centuries and many have answered the call to portray the figure but when it comes to live action, there is a jinx. In the 1960s famous body builders Lou Ferrigno and Arnold Schwarzenegger have tried and while they fit the physical requirement, the films themselves were just terrible. Kevin Sorbo did a decent job in the famous Hercules: The Legendary Journey back in the 1990s but let's be honest, he looked nothing like you would expect a son of Zeus to be. Earlier this year The Legend of Hercules came out and to say it bombed would be putting it nicely.
    That movie is probably rated the worst movie related to Hercules to date so when I heard about this version, I knew it was going to be an improvement. This is the first Hercules movie where physical requirements and good story meet but if there's one problem people may have a problem with. It's the accuracy in the Greek Mythology, I'm not an expert but I'm sure there is one or two mishaps in the film. However, I categorize this as an action film so I give it some slack. This is a good movie to go and enjoy if you're looking for something to do and want to be entertained.
    This movie gets a 7 out of 10 because The Rock gave a fantastic performance and while the story seemed too simplistic and obvious, it was executed well. I'm not a well known critic so I know it won't mean much but Brett Ratner did a good job with this film. Will there be a sequel? I have no clue but sadly like most of Hercules movies, it there is it may not go far. Lou Ferrigno's Hercules only made it to a sequel and this film didn't even make it to the number one spot it's opening week. It was beaten by Scarlett Johansson's in Lucy, so that definitely hurt it's chances. We'll have to see if it makes enough money to warrant a sequel.

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