"We All Know Your Legend, Hercules, But Here is Mine."
As much as “Hercules” likes to boast that you’re getting a new take on the hero of Greek myth, there’s really not much being done plot-wise that’s all that new. You got your war-torn reluctant hero, a gang of wisecracking sidekicks, some epic fight scenes, some “shocking” (read nonsensical) plot twists…it’s a formula. Thing is, you don’t mind it so much because it’s so damn fun. Director Brett Ratner, apart from some slow bits in the middle, knocks it out of the park. The colors are bright, the action scenes are crisp, the text is all heard and digested with minimal effort (even the exposition, and there’s a lot of it)…and he somehow makes Hercules tearing off an animal’s jaw exciting every time.
I had a hard time easing into the film. The dialogue was so in your face, and the characters spoke as if they were in an R-rated Disney cartoon (gotta remember, this is based off a comic book). After a while, I started to realize that this choice only struck me as odd because I’d become so used to the gritty action reboot tropes. I’d forgotten what movies like Hercules are supposed to be: adventures. Decades ago, wisecracking and banter would seem par for the course in a film like this. Now, God forbid the main characters ever seems like they’re enjoying themselves, or have a sense of humor about anything. The main crew of Hercules acts like they’re your old buddies. You’re already supposed to know who they are, how they function in the group, what makes them unique. This frees you up to focus on the ride they’re taking you on, and “Hercules” is a pretty fun ride.
All this being said, if you have zero interest in seeing this film, I’d stay away from it. It makes no attempts at being anything other than what it is: a campy period piece with an ass-kicking hero, an inexplicably evil villain, and fight scenes to rival Lord of the Rings. In other words, great summer fare. Keep it up, summer cinema, keep it up.
Red wine...red like the blood of your enemies. It's also the kind of drink that's the most crucial to the plot.
-Drink whenever you see a marching army.
-Drink for comedy(!)
-Drink when Hercules is attacked by an animal
-Drink when someone looses an arrow
-Drink when someone mentions one of Hercules' Twelve Labors
This review was written by Hollis Beck (Krissy Pappau). "Hercules" is produced by MGM and Paramount Pictures. This film is rated PG-13 with a runtime of 98 minutes.