I believe there is a dearth of epic mythology movies these past few years. Producers are reluctant to take up such movies because of the dismal performance at the box office, which may have been caused by a lack of inspiring storyline. Other factor that may have contributed to the drop at the box office for such movies is the higher quality of fantasy/action/epic mini-series on HBO such as Spartacus and Games of Thrones that have, consequently, affected audience’ expectations.
The audience are now more discerning and demanding – impressive CGI with a weak storyline just doesn’t cut it.
To be fair, it is too much to expect movies that could equal ‘Gladiator’ (2000) or ‘Braveheart’ (1995) coming out every year. Still, once you’ve experienced great epics at the cinema, all other movies pale in comparison.
Fortunately, excellent ones do surface occasionally, such as ‘300’, but so far I would rather wait for the DVD than sit at the cinemas except when my interest is piqued…
With an impressive line of casts featuring Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes and Peter Mullan, is it a wonder that I succumbed to ‘Hercules’ but not even cast a glance at ‘The Legend of Hercules‘ which also came out this year?
By the way, this movie is not devoid of lovely ladies, there are 2 ladies in the main characters, actually, Ingrid Bolso Berdal and Rebecca Ferguson.
Plus, there is a fleeting cameo appearance by Irina Shayk as Megara, wife of Hercules. Irina is the girlfriend of Real Madrid’s superstar and reigning World Footballer of the Year, Cristiano Ronaldo.
I’m glad to say that though Hercules (2014) is not a great epic, it was fun to watch. Presented with such outstanding casts but not with the usual storyline, then served with a dash of humour and sprinkled with more than enough fighting scenes – I was not disappointed.
According to my son, it is based on Radical Comics‘ Hercules by Steve Moore, which explains the difference to the classic myth. It is about Hercules who did almost all of the ’12 Labours’ (his task was interrupted by a tragedy) – not the son of Zeus, but the man behind the legend.