Hercules (2014) Film Review

Hercules

Hercules

Starring Dwayne Johnson, Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane, Joe Anderson, Joseph Fiennes, Aksel Hennie, John Hurt, Reece Ritchie, Ingrid Colso Berdal

Directed by Brett Ratner

Box Office: $54,079,527 as of August 4, 2014 (USA)

Whenever I saw the trailer for this film, I’ll be honest, it made me laugh.  Just having The Rock play Hercules alone had me questioning whether or not this was going to be a good film.  I love Dwayne Johnson but I just did not see him as Hercules.  The scene wear he yells “I am Hercules!” made me roll my eyes every time and I did not have high hopes for this adaptation of the legend.

This film, directed by Brett Ratner who directed X-Men: The Last Stand, Rush Hour 1, 2 & 3, Money Talks and who also produced Running Scared, 21, Horrible Bosses and 81 episodes of Prison Break, was actually a very surprisingly well done movie.  I had gone into it not really knowing what to expect and I can’t believe how much I loved it. It is based on Hercules: The Thracian Wars and it did not take me long to get thrown into the story.  It offers a look at the more human aspect of Hercules and Johnson shows the side of Hercules that shows humility.

I had not heard much about the cast so when I saw Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell and Joe Anderson, I freaked out a little bit.  I love all of them and they were perfect for their characters.  McShane has amazing one liners that make you burst out laughing and I already can’t wait to watch it again. Ingrid Berdal’s character Atalanta had me wanting a bow and arrow liker hers and to kick some butt.  I was happy to see strong female roles included in the film.

It has been getting mixed reviews so far but the majority of critics are saying it is a pleasant surprise and I must agree.  The graphics and the scenes containing violence were well executed and you have to respect Johnson for how much effort he put into this role.  According to an interview he did, he stated: “I trained and worked harder than ever for 8 months for this role. Lived alone and locked myself away (like a moody 260-lb. monk) in Budapest for 6 months while filming. Goal was to completely transform into this character. Disappear in the role. Press journalist asked me today, with the mental & physical toll the role had on me, would I do it again? Not only would I do it again…. I’d do it f***ing twice.” – The Rock Opens Up About Hercules Preparation

Overall, I am excited to watch it again and I am very happy that it exceeded the expectations I had going into it.

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