Movie Review: Hercules (2014)

+ Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is a musclebound beast, which fits the myth perfectly, and makes his unbelievable feats of strength slightly more… well, believable (still, seeing him with long hair is very distracting)
+ supporting roles from Ian McShane (as Amphiaraus, a prophet) and John Hurt (as the King of Thrace, Cotys) provide the old-school acting chops, in a film that otherwise has newer, less subtle actors
+ I really enjoyed the way certain parts of the myth were explained as exaggerations or embellishment

– Hercules’ Twelve Labors are just a montage in the first three minutes of the Lernaean Hydra, the Erymanthian Boar and the Nemean Lion
– the film starts quite slowly, taking a solid half hour for anything ‘big’ to happen, either in terms of battle action, or story developments
– the action scenes themselves are fast and wildly shot, but never really anything exciting
– the song over the credits was the highlight of the film’s audio

> Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, who plays Amazon archer Atalanta, looks like some kind of cross between Nicole Kidman and Lucy Lawless (which is awesome)
> A quick Google search tells me that the film was based on a comic series (called Hercules: The Thracian War), not the myth itself, which explains why many parts of the legends are reworked for the film

Should you see this film: By the Gods, no. Although this was not the worst Hercules based movie of last year (that goes to the horrendous The Legend of Hercules) this tried it hardest to be just as bad. Very underwhelming, disappointing film.

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