Howdy ladies and gents time for the first of many new film reviews to come and today we start with Hercules, the latest film from Brett Ratner that stars Dwayne Johnson as the title character. Now I honestly had little to no interest in watching this film as the trailers hadn’t sold me at all, but since the film group I joined recently had it listed as a film to watch last week I decided to jump in and see what was going on. So how was the film? Well read on and find out.
The premise for this film can be described as the following:
“Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.”
This film is definitely one of those ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ kind of films. From the trailers I thought I had this film worked out, but it totally took me by surprise how good the film was in every department. The story was straightforward and easy to comprehend, the characters were all likable and memorable and the presentation was very well executed with big set pieces and an awesome sense of style. This film once again reinvented the main mythology associated with Hercules, but does so in a way that is believable and interesting, also the modern-styled dialogue and emphasis on humour was a welcomed change from the more serious and embarrassing Greek mythology adaptations we have gotten in the past (*cough* Clash and War of the Titans). I also like how the film for all its cheesiness also had a bit of depth to it, there was some nice and dark backstory elements thrown in that actually worked that I did not expect to see in a Brett Ratner film.
As for the cast they did a serviceable job in their roles and I don’t think there were any weak links to be found from what I saw. Firstly let’s talk about Dwayne Johnson as Hercules, man who dude looks like a tank! Johnson right now maybe the peak of physical human perfect I think lol. But enough about his looks, I though Johnson did well as Hercules and gave us a different and interesting take on the character, the man is definitely getting better as an actor and it helps that he has a great screen presence and good charisma too. This Hercules is strong, but is humble, he is a mercenary but still has honour and he also has a bit of a dark past too which added a bit more to his character as well. John Hurt as Cotys, King of Thrace was good as always. Hurt is a man ho does well playing roles that are either good or bad and I liked him in this film because he did come across as a nice man but easily changed his tune later on and was quite wicked. Rufus Sewell as Autolycus was probably my favourite of Hercules’ companions. The man has known Hercules the longest and he comes across as righteous man when his friends are involved, that being said he always has his eyes on the prize and makes numerous funny remarks throughout the film.
Ian McShane as Amphiaraus was great, he was the funniest of the bunch, constantly talking about his visions of the future and the time of his death which lead to some very great moments in the film. Ingrid Bolsø Berdal was as hot as she was deadly as Atalanta. This character is clearly a warrior, she got into the thick of the battles, knew how to deliver the pain and has a lot of love and respect for her friends. And I dunno if it was just me but I constantly thought, “Man, this woman looks a lot like a younger Nicole Kidman.” Aksel Hennie as Tydeus was good too, this character was strange and odd, but awesome as well as he was a nutter. I liked is backstory as well and I feel like I connected with him a lot despite the fact that he rarely talks. Reece Ritchie as Iolaus was nice as well, he was the nephew of Hercules who tells of these exaggerated tales of his conquests, but is also looking to make a name for himself and become a warrior too. Rebecca Ferguson was also decent as Ergenia, she wasn’t just there to be a love interest but was a strong character who had good motives and had a fairly important role to play in the grand scale of things too.
I also have to say that the presentation in the film was pretty cool too. On the visual front this film had some really cool action sequences, there were big scale wars, good but not overused CGI and nicely choreographed fight scenes with Hercules and his band of people to get stuck into.
In conclusion Hercules was a surprisingly fun, interesting and had some hidden depth to it too. The film knows what it is and doesn’t try to be any more than an entertaining action film full of cheesy humour and good characters. This is the first solid adaptation of the character from Greek mythology since Disney made him popular in the late 90’s, I would recommend this to people who are not only fans of Dwayne Johnson but also for people looking for good summer action films, it is one of the good ones.
So have you seen Hercules and if so what did you think of it? Whatever your thoughts are e sure to leave them below and I’ll catch ya on the next film review yo. 😀