Hercules: A Good Exterior Without Substance

Anyone that knows me can testify to the fact that I LOVE Dwayne Johnson a.k.a.. the Rock.

Anyone that knows me can testify to the fact that I LOVE Dwayne Johnson a.k.a.. the Rock. Although his career started off in the wrestling ring with the world of WWE, he has since been taking over Hollywood step by step after his appearance in The Mummy Returns back in 2001. Now he is a popular leading man and everyone wants some of the Rock.
The Rock as Hercules
When I heard that Dwayne Johnson was playing Hercules I did a cartwheel into a back flip into a double summersault with the perfect landing. I eagerly awaited and watched every trailer and advert excitement for the movie. Yes, Johnson played a huge part in my longing to see the movie, however I grew up as a kid in love with movies and cartoons like Hercules, Sinbad and their crazy adventures.
Always featuring crazy looking monsters with several heads, beautiful damsels in distress and undeniable lead characters with superhero like abilities, they were always super fun to watch.
Hercules returns
In this 2014 version of Hercules, our half-man half-God hero, haunted by a sin from his past, has become a mercenary alongside five faithful companions. With his companions they travel ancient Greece selling their services fro gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate his enemies.
When the benevolent ruler Thrace and his daughter seeks Hercules help to defeat an evil war lord, Hercules find that he has to search within and believe the myth embrace the legend and become the son of Zeus Hercules.
So with the help of fellow actors such as Ian McShane and Aksel Hennie why was this movie so disappointing. There is no deep thoughtful conclusion that I can enlighten you with just a simple ordinary explanation, there were of course some action scenes but not enough with those that did exist lacking in spectacle.
Hercules himself looked amazing, Dwayne Johnson did an excellent job of making Hercules look larger than life or at least larger than the ordinary man. But apart from clubbing his enemies with this huge stick there was not much else to the character which lacked dimension and depth.
It wasn’t until the very end of the film that we saw the physical and God like strength working tandem, but by then it was too late.
Some things are best left alone
In my opinion the fact that Hercules is based on a hero from my childhood is neither here not there. The point is that Hercules is half-man half-God with incredible supernatural strength, and so the special effects throughout this movie could have been utilized just a little more.
Lacking wow factor was the main issue with this film. With no real jaw dropping moment an essential ingredient was lacking in this offering. With a very weak storyline and a lack of character depth, a closer look at Hercules’ childhood and what drove him would have improved this film, it is a real disappointment.
Kettle Rating: 2/5 stars
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