HOLLYWOOD—Who would have guessed that audiences would be treated to two movies, yes two movies about mythical god/legend Hercules in the year 2014? Not many, January’s take on the legend portrayed by “Twilight” star Kellan Lutz was a complete bust, so would July’s flick starring action superstar Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson be any better?
It’s definitely an improvement in my eyes because it presents to the audience a Hercules and portions of the great mythical legend that so many of us are accustomed to. The story is a tale of revenge that sees our hero getting justice as some would call it, on the people responsible for murdering his family. In doing so, a revolution is put in place that changes the world as we know it.
Surprisingly, this movie is directed by funnyman Brett Ratner who is responsible for such films like “Rush Hour,” “Tower Heist” and “Money Talks.” Ratner hasn’t seen much critical success for his action films, take a look at “X-Men: The Last Stand.” “Hercules” however is a visual masterpiece. It depicts a tale of the mythical legend that feels so realistic and visceral, as a spectator you’re enthralled with what transpires on the screen.
Johnson is perfect casting to portray the hero whose strength is unlike any other god in mythology. Audiences aren’t just seeing a muscle bound actor attempt to portray Hercules, we see a muscle bound actor who can portray Hercules in all of his glory: strength, charisma, humanity and honesty.
The thing about telling a tale of mythology is that the story must be gripping, visually captivating and the audience should care about the characters involved. “Hercules” captures all of those elements. While some of the characters could be fleshed out a bit more, Johnson’s performance helps elevate those that are a bit lackluster in my opinion.
“Hercules” is a perfect summer escape. It’s not Oscar bait in terms of the dramatic flair, but it’s a solid film that presents a tale of the demigod that many haven’t seen. It’s hands down visually a fun-ride to take from start to end.
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