Director : Brett Ratner
Stars : Dwayne Johnson, Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane, John Hurt
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. (synopsis from here)
I haven't watched the first Hercules-themed movie. I decided to skip it, suspected it will turn into some unnecessary romantic movie. Turns out, I was right hehehe. I waited for this movie, Hercules by Dwayne Johnson.
We all know the legend of Hercules and his labors. How the son of Zeus became the hero of Greek with his unbelievable power. This movie, however, tried to make Hercules more "human". He carried out his labors with the help of his companions. Also some of the labors he carried actually not mythical creatures we know. In this movie, one of Hercules task was killing the Hydras, turns out just a band of thieves.
The director, Brett Ratner, and team tried to make Greek, the land of Gods and myths, a bit mortal. There were no Centaurs, Cerberus or the appearances of Olympians. Only mortals who played their parts in this world. That's the plus point from this movie.
Storywise, nothing special. Good versus evil, how the hero's sense of justice was disturbed with the tyranny, typical stories. What I love about this movie was the attempt to make Hercules closer to us. There is no divine power, just human's effort to make the best out of it. Nothing ventured nothing gain.
No excessive love stories like the other Hercules movie. Just a mother's love to her children. Just a love from a man to his lost family. Just a love from a fellow soldier to another. Just simple love.
Dwayne Johnson in this movie, reminds me of his role as Scorpion King. Can't help it, muscles, swords, battlefield. Similar to Scorpion King. Regarding his wrestler persona, The Rock, I really think it's already diminished. What I saw on screen is Dwayne Johnson, no longer The Rock.
Other actors also did a great job. Notably, Ian McShane as Amphiaraus, the oracle from Argos. Acted as narator of the movie, McShane gave entertaining performance. He can be wise as he gave various advice to Hercules, or funny when he predicted his own death. So fun watching him.
Overall, you can watch this movie if youo need light entertainment. This movie reminds us that if you want to achieve great things, start small and work hard on it. We will face lots of obstacles but at the finish line, great rewards waits us. Go watch it.