Excerpt: This latest cinematic retread—the second of two in 2014, in fact—takes the classic myth with a hefty grain of salt and portrays its tortured protagonist more as just a big bad-ass dude who roams the countryside with his band of merry miscreants fighting not for justice or glory but for gold.
Conclusion: I am very surprised and extremely pleased at how much fun I had with Hercules. Here’s hoping a lot of people discover what this movie really is on Blu-ray. This is nothing like the studio was selling it to be.
Conclusion: Hercules reminds of another recent throwback-to-ancient-times movie, Pompeii , not so much in story but in the almost dizzying mediocrity and inability to capture the imagination despite a spectacular backdrop and grand potential.
Conclusion: Hercules isn't a tried and true classic's classic, but it's a light, breezy adventure with just enough heart, humor and weight to keep it grounded. Disney's Blu-ray release is better, at least in terms of its AV presentation.
Excerpt: Oh, Dwayne Johnson. What are we going to do with you? No, seriously, what do we do with a musclebound superstar with a great smile and hulking biceps? The amateur moviemaker within us says, “A lot,” but Hollywood hasn't seem to have gotten the message.
Excerpt: It's no surprise that Evan Spiliotopoulos, the veteran of Hercules 's two credited screenwriters, has made a career out of penning direct-to-video Disney titles, as this sorry excuse for a summer spectacle—PG-13-friendly levels of gore and sexuality and a singular F-bomb notwithstanding—appears to...