Thursday, August 7, 2014

Movies with Feeling: Hercules (2014)

HERCULES, the son of the God Zeus and the mortal Alcmene. The bane of the Queen of the Gods Hera.
This is a legend filled with peril,

Gods turning against one another, monsters rising and falling at the feet of the Demi God, and a man who lost more than any should be able to come back from.

But I must warn you not to go in and expect the Hercules we know. Like all movies recently released involving Ancient Greece, this movie attempts to weed out the magic, gods, and even monsters. It focuses instead on Hercules, a man running from his fate, and a small mercenary group, traveling with the hopes of getting that final score.

(One thing I personally must say, is that when I go to see a Greek story, I look for the magic, the Gods, and the monsters. When others as a child would be out riding bikes, playing sports, and living in a "normal" way, I was that kid reading up on Greek, Norse, and Celtic mythology. So in this, the movie is a massive disappointment.)

Looking at this as an action movie, it is exquisite. It's about a man running from his past, haunted by it, yearning for redemption. There is plenty of action, the fighting segments are excellent. The banter is clever, especially coming from Ian McShane.

So if I had to rate this movie, I'd give it a 7/10. Worth going to see. Better waiting to rent.

7/10 Check it out!

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