‘Hercules’ Review on Nerd Bastards

dwayne-johnson-in-hercules-movieEvery now and then, two different Hollywood studios get the same idea, and this year two different productions based on the Ancient Greek myth of Hercules have been made. Hercules, directed by Brett Ratner and starring Dwayne Johnson, is the second.

I was assigned to review the film for Nerd Bastards, and despite appearances, I didn’t completely hate the movie. That’s not to say I completely enjoyed it either though. Based on a graphic novel, this Hercules, I felt, had an interesting take on the myth by supposing that the mighty Hercules was a product of hype and myth-building in his own time, and that the 12 Labours were embellished to add to prestige.

Johnson, as always, is a compelling and engaging leading man, and he’s certainly built to play a Greco strong man worthy of myth. He’s also surrounded by a great supporting cast including Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell and John Hurt. Ratner does a decent job directing in his typical workman fashion, but then again I don’t have the unrelenting hate for Ratner that other fanboys do.

Check out my full review of Hercules here.

About Adam A. Donaldson

When he’s not the main/only contributor to Guelph Politico, Adam A. Donaldson also contributes to GuelphToday.com as their city hall columnist and co-hosts a political and current affairs show on CFRU 93.3 fm called “Open Sources Guelph.” When not being political, Adam co-hosts the movies and pop culture show “End Credits“, and as a freelance writer he has contributed to various papers, periodicals and websites including Nerd Bastards, We Got This Covered, the Guelph Mercury, the Waterloo Region Record, Press+1, Lucid Forge, and Women’s Post. Adam was also named one of the Guelph Mercury’s 40 Under 40 in 2013 for his work with Ed Video Media Arts Centre.
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