My niece warned me that The Legend of Hercules was a terrible movie with bad acting, bad special effects, and an uninteresting story. I went to see it anyway just so I could review it for my blog. Because of my niece’s warning, though, I went into it with rather low expectations. It tells the story of the origin of Hercules. The circumstances of his conception and birth and how he came to be the greatest hero of the Greek mythos.
The story begins with the young King Tyrannis (I believe that was the name used) attacking and conquering the city-state of Argos, a nation allied to his own. The assault goes well and culminates in a final one-on-one battle between King Tyrannis and the king of Argos. Of course, King Tyrannis wins and claims Argos as his own. Amidst the celebration, Tyrannis’ wife, upset and sick of war and all its attendant death prays desperately to Hera for divine aid. Hera hears her prayer and answers her communicating her wishes through one of her priestesses. A deal is made. Zeus wants to sleep with the mortal queen (Greek gods were like that) and the mortal queen is in need of a hero. For the sake of peace, the mortal queen and Hera agree to let it happen. Thus, Hercules is conceived. He is born and is raised a prince, though one of lower stature than his elder brother because his stepfather believes he was sired by a mortal lover to the queen not Zeus, the king of the gods. So, from the get go, Hercules finds himself antagonized by his stepfather and his older brother as he grows into manhood.
Strengths: um, nothing really sticks out. There were a few good lines, but a good movie is more than the occasional one-liner. The story told was logical and complete, I guess, there were no glaring flaws that I caught on to. Weaknesses: I think my biggest complaint was that the movie seemed to rush through things. It covered a lot of material and squeezed it down into an hour and a half. Hercules’ life as a slave could have been fleshed out more, as could several other important details like the character of Iphicles among others. The special effects were substandard, but I usually don’t try to judge a movie solely on special effects. Those are a product of budget, and not everyone has a 100 million dollar budget. And the part where Hercules was swinging around a couple hunks of rock on chains, I thought, was silly.
Anyway, I’ll give The Legend of Hercules two and a half stars out of five.