Thursday, April 6, 2017

By the Gods!

Dwayne Johnson as Hercules in HERCULES (2014)

I have yet to see this movie. I'm afraid it's going to be as bad as EXODUS: GODS & KINGS. The big problem I have is that Dwayne doesn't look like Hercules. A barbarian, yes, but not the legendary son of Zeus. The film wasn't a success so don't expect any sequels. Why does Hollywood (not Italy) have such a difficult time in making a proper Hercules film? It's a true cultural blind spot.


Scott Ochiltree said...

Hollywood has not been able to make consistently good Peplums since William Wyler's BEN HUR (1959).

Earlier 1950s Hollywood Peplums such as QUO VADIS, THE ROBE, AND THE TEN COMMANDMENTS were really first class. However, losers during this period (and in the early 1960s) include THE SILVER CHALICE, KING OF KINGS, THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, and THE PRODIGAL.

The last really good Peplums from Hollywood were TROY (Brad Pitt) and GLADIATOR (Russell Crowe). Just about everything since then has mess of overused GCI and very improbable plots. GODS OF EGYPT is a perfect example.

Richard Svensson said...

"Exodus: Gods and Kings" is in my opinion deadly dull, and the so-called explanations for the miracles and curses in the Biblical tale are laughably convoluted. And, unfortunately, that actually goes for the fantasy elements in "Hercules" too. The hero's confrontations with various mythical monsters are revealed to be fakes or in some way misinterpretations or misrepresentations of what actually happened. Why make a film based on such a potent tale as "Hercules" and rob it of all its magic???

tyranus said...

Well, I saw the movie, it is not bad, nevertheless, Dwayne certainly (despite his good intentions) is not Hercules, he looks too bulky. When you see Steve you instinctively think of Hercules, the stereotype is in our veins, he comes practically from another world, as the character (read Daniel O'Brien "Classical Masculinity and ..."). In Dwayne's movie, there are some good shots and scenes: the shot of Dwayne in the chariot, the scene in the dungeon and the wolves (chains from "Hercules"), the climactic scene with the giant statue (another borrowing from Steve's "Hercules") but, THERE ARE TOO MUCH CGI, and, as another comment said, that stinky tendency to rationalize the myths and to try to create new stereotypes. As I said, good intentions but that was not enough.
Here's the link to an interesting interview with Dwayne. He also speaks about Steve.
Dwayne Johnson Talks HERCULES, Working with Brett Ratner, and ...