Hercules Film Review [WATCH VIDEO]
Reliving the man of the legend, “Hercules,” comes off as a different version of the Greek demigod who helps the Romans in the Thracian Wars. The epic movie stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Rebecca Ferguson, Aksel Hennie, and Tobias Santelmann. It is directed by Brett Ratner with the creative screenplay collaboration of Ryan Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos. Continue reading to know more about “Hercules.”
Following the plot of the graphic novel “Hercules: The Thracian Wars,” the movie takes place after Hercules (Johnson) finished his quest of the Twelve Labors. The hero was hoping to go through an early phase of a retirement after conquering so much, but his plans were thwarted when he was called upon by Princess Ergenia (Ferguson). The Princess of Thrace offered the ultimate price of gold and fame and everything that she was capable of giving — all for the protection of her father, King Cotys (Hurt), and their kingdom against the evil sorcerer Rhesus (Santelmann). Hercules accepted the offer together with his trusted confidants: Autolycus (Sewell), his childhood friend who battled with him in the Athenian fleet, fearsome femme fatale Atalanta (Berdal), vocally impaired Tydeus (Hennie) and supernatural soothsayer Amphiaraus (Shane). Their little but iron clad group of warriors vowed to protect the kingdom against the evil sorcerer while training all the able-bodied men and turning them into a fearless army.
First things first, there were a lot of Herculean movies that debuted over the new millennium, but not one really gave justice to the story of the most popular Greek demigod. However, this latest rendition of the epic story seems to have met expectations to the legendary tale of Hercules.
The MGM and Paramount version of “Hercules” is set to put the film into a league of its own cinematic prowess. Based on the review of Guardian Liberty Voice, “Hercules” is a striking re-conveying of the legendary myth of a spectacularly brawny hero in an unconventional story of a half-human, half-god being.
According to Variety, Ratner’s “Hercules” is the embodiment of improvement from all of its predecessors.
“It’s a grandly staged, solidly entertaining, old-fashioned adventure movie that does something no other Hercules movie has quite done before: It cuts the mythical son of Zeus down to human size,” said Scott Foundas, an acclaimed Chief Film Critic (via @foundasonfilm).
Movies that are usually in this genre bring about a heavy dose of unpleasant reviews, but it goes differently for this. Despite the uncanny pair of Brett Ratner and Dwayne Johnson for the film, they’ve certainly proved it to everybody who assumed their partnership would be a bust. You would be in awe with how they were able to work things out unequivocally to make this film an epic masterpiece. There were a lot of aspects that made this movie stand out from the usual Greek-themed mediums, especially with the way it didn’t embrace the usual intense sexual and all-out gory effects.
Judging it from the visual effects to the storyline to the casting of the actors, the movie played its materials well enough to leave critics and moviegoers in a riveted and eye-popping state. The story basically did not revolve in Hercules perspective. Instead, it highlights every detail with intense justification, which enables the viewers the chance to grasp the entirety of the film.
Overall, “Hercules” is a movie with a decent plot and is supplemented with the right kind of cinematic elements that will leave the viewers either clapping or immersed with a refreshing feeling once the credits start rolling.
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