Hercules: The Legend Ignored

Hercules

 

I am not one for judging how much I’ll enjoy a film solely by the film’s trailer, but there are rare exceptions. After watching the trailer for Hercules: The Legend Begins…not to be confused with the TV show Hercules: The Legendary Journeys…I’m pretty sure that I will leave the theater foaming at the mouth in the throws of a ríastrad. Renny Harlin appears to have made a Hercules film that bears more in common with Immortals and Gladiator in its narrative and filmic style than with anything Herculean.  This isn’t to say that I require a Hercules tale to be a close adaptation of Euripides — as a fan of old Steve Reeves films, Kevin Sorbo, and the Hercules of Harryhausen’s Jason and the Argonauts I don’t. What I do desire is an adaptation that looks fun and contains some modicum of originality and effort in its craftsmanship. When the 3D effects are as clean and have the same verisimilitude as the opening sequence of the first Dungeons & Dragons movie, it spells trouble to me. And the thing is that given different costume design, I think Kellan Lutz might make a good Hercules…though one wonders if he can pull off genuine sorrow when Hera drives him into a state of madness that leads to him murdering his wife and children.

 

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