BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: Hercules Reviews
By Dr. Know on July 26th, 2014
Critic Reviews for Hercules
The battle scenes, though rousing, fall short of epic. But it’s reliably fun to watch – up until the brutish, smudgy conclusion …
It simply fails to exploit its assets: an amusing, revisionist take on the mythological strongman, and the charisma of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
“Hercules” heaves and grunts along, interrupted by battle scenes that are visually impressive (when’s the last time you saw someone pick up a horse and throw it?) but emotionally uninvolving.
A big-budget misfire of a sizeable order, a visually busy but emotionally dead endeavor that wearies the viewer with endless computer generated special effects while failing to provide a scintilla of human interest.
“Hercules” is great fun and highly entertaining if you enjoy Greek mythology and action/adventure films.
“Hercules” has a rousing beginning. Too bad the movie didn’t include more of that.
Watchable, fancifully staged and its fast pace makes it easy to handle, but the acting is wooden, the storytelling clunky and the incessant slaughter is less than compelling.
If the phrase “Brett Ratner’s Hercules starring The Rock” sounds like a fun movie to you, then you’ll get your money’s worth from Hercules.
An entertaining and boisterous action flick, Hercules offers a fresh take on the legendary character and his heroics.
It’s a bold take on a swords and sandals staple, yet it’s one that pays unexpected dividends.
The best thing about Hercules may be how well it meets its goals. It’s not the definitive look at ancient Greek demigods, but it is smart, exciting escapist fare that won’t disappoint Johnson’s fans.