Do I really have to tell you who Hercules was? Okay for the 3 people who don’t know ……
Hercules was the son of the God Zeus and a mortal woman. He was really, really big and strong. He inspired great devotion and loyalty and his legend lives on today. The word Hercules or Herculean means great strength or fortitude. Okay so …..
Hercules has been made and re-made for the big screen and television so many times that it seems almost superfluous to do it again. But here it is. And this time it’s The Rock……sorry Dwayne Johnson as Hercules.
I booked in to see this movie only because it fitted in nicely before another movie. I don’t particularly like Dwayne Johnson as an actor so was expecting very little.
I was wrong….
Hercules and his band of warriors are mercenaries…..guns for hire. They use the legend of Hercules to secure paying jobs. That’s it. There is no great end game here….. they simply want enough money to live on comfortably for the rest of their lives and they need one more paying job to shore up this future.
So when they are offered Hercules’ weight in gold to defend Lord Cotys’ (Hurt) lands, they jump at the offer. They train the people of the city to fight alongside them and then set out to fight the bad guys.
I really liked this movie. It was great fun. It offered more than the occasional wink to the audience and was a little bit cheeky in parts. Nothing to naughty just some good fun. There were some zingy one liners, usually delivered by Autolycus (Sewell) deadpan.
There was lots of running about in leather skirts with men ….. and Atalanta (Berdal)…… brandishing big swords or lethal bows and arrows. There were shields and chariots. There were tales of Gods and Goddesses and quests for demi gods to prove themselves worthy. There was a damsel in distress and some evil Kings.
The acting was good. The special effects were good. The script was okay. This movie was nothing more and nothing less than what it wanted to be….. a retelling of the Hercules legend.
And the best thing of all?
The best thing is I really do think the movie was ‘in on it’. No one involved is expecting Oscar buzz or broken box office records. No this movie was out for a fun time and that’s what it delivered. A good date night movie and you can take the kids to see this one if you are okay with the odd bad word or two.
Go see it and forget your world as you stumble around in Hercules’ world for an hour or two….
Love Flick xx
Director : Brett Ratner
Starring : Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Aksel Hennie, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Rebecca Ferguson, Reece Ritchie, Joseph Fiennes, Tobias Santelmann
Running Time : 98 minutes
Release Date : 24 July 2014