Movie Review – The Legend of Hercules
I’ve watched the TV shows and movies about Hercules. It’s always been that he was an enemy of Hera-goddess of women and marriage, and wife to Zeus. However, this movie, was the first time the meaning of Hercules was discussed. And I was shocked.
Hercules in Greek means “In Hera’s service”. This movie speculates that Hera permitted her husband to procreate with Hercules’ mother in order to overthrow a tyrant, Hercules’ stepfather.
An interesting concept.
However, a lot of the acting was subpar. In particular, Hercules’ love interest Hebe played by Gaia Weiss. One scene in the movie, she’s walking along a rooftop intent on throwing herself off. So moves so mechanically and without emotion, I almost heard Mystery Science Theater adlibbing something like, “is it twenty steps before he grabs me or twenty-five. I can’t remember. Isn’t he supposed to stop me by now? Oh, there he is… why did he take so long?”
Actor Kellan Lutz was pretty good and didn’t seem like he was struggling to act-unlike some of the others.
There are also a lot of slow-action stop/starts which was wonderful in the movie 300, but was a bit overdone in this movie. Special effects were decent in the fight scenes and weird in other places. Some of the plot dragged in places.
My rating 2.5 out of 5
The only interesting thing, beside Hercules’ name and origin, was toward the end when Hebe actually did something that wasn’t her typical damsel-in-distress motif.
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Her favorite childhood memories revolved around creating vibrant characters for her friends, and then acting out their adventures. Inside her fantasy worlds of darkened forests, dragon-filled glades, and iced islands, nothing was banned. From the ethereal Elvin to the most maligned Vampires, all were welcome in her fictional realities, a stark contrast to her home, where the magical and mythical was forbidden.
Divorced and disillusioned of love and believing all the love songs and books exaggerated, she put aside her creativity for life. Many years past before characters, from the familiar to the freshly conceived, came to her again, but this time teasing at a new passion, the written word.
Gradually, her real life hero brought love and magic back into existence. During the time when her characters were getting reacquainted, the love of her life was showing her that true love never gives up and rekindles no matter how many times others attempt to extinguish it. Today, she is happily married with three children.
Andrea believes in the power of change and delighting in each moment. But most fervently, she believes in the magic of love and imagination again.