We finally caught Hercules, the second movie this year about the Greek demi-god, starring Dwayne Johnson as Hercules. This movie was supposed to be based on the comic Hercules: The Thracian Wars by Steve Moore, so I read that too, after seeing the movie. Definitely an interesting comparison.
So this is my LitFlix for Hercules, only a few months late. As a quick review, I thought the movie was pretty good. It exists in the genre of movies trying to put the real spin on legends, so similar to a movie like King Arthur. They play with the idea of Hercules not actually being a demi-god, but that he and his group of companions lean into the living legends of him and use them to their advantage, both to strike fear in their enemies and to get jobs as mercenaries. And then action ensues, but there’s also interpersonal dynamics with Hercules and his team of heroes, and a better plot than just action-for-action’s-sake.
I will add that this is not the movie that the trailers promised, as it is not the movie about Hercules completing the 12 trials. It’s not a monster movie, it’s not Hercules versus monsters nor Hercules versus armies. Pushing these scenes in the advertising likely hurt them in theaters, as people probably showed up expecting to see a very different movie! So some spoilers ahead, but hopefully spoilers that might actually make you interested to see this movie.