Saturday, January 11, 2014
Movie Review: The Legend of Hercules
There are two Hercules movies coming to theaters this year, and The Legend of Hercules has the dubious privilege of being the first, starring Kellan Lutz in the title role. The other, simply named Hercules, hits theaters on July 25th, starring The Rock as the title character. I'm hoping that Hercules is better than this version, because although Legend had some visually-pleasing action scenes, overall it's your typical fluff movie.
Queen Alcmene (Roxanne McKee) marries King Amphitryon (Scott Adkins) and bears him a child. Her second child, however, is not Amphitryon's, as she was impregnated by the god Zeus in order to bear a child that will bring peace to the land: Hercules (Lutz). When the older brother and heir to the throne, Iphicles (Liam Garrigan), becomes old enough to marry, his parents match him with Princess Hebe (Gaia Weiss), who is in love with Hercules - and his father sends Hercules off to war, so that he's not a distraction.
To say any more would involve spoilers, so I'll leave it at that. Those that recognize Lutz as Emmett from the Twilight series may find him quite changed as Hercules: he had to bulk up immensely for the role. The action scenes, with him fighting practically everyone in Greece and flying about, are quite spectacular, but the film suffers from a bland and sometimes cheesy script, which overall hinders it.
Maybe see this movie. I'd normally recommend it as a popcorn, or "fluff," film, but it barely even qualifies as that. The only reason I recommend it at all is that the action scenes were fun to watch, although slo-mo was used far too often. I will say that the 3D was decent for the most part, especially in said scenes, but is not necessary to enjoy the movie. Lutz and the other actors here do well in their parts - the script is not their fault - but I'm hoping for a more inspired performance from The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) in the summer's Hercules release.
The Legend of Hercules is currently playing in theaters and is rated PG-13 with a runtime of 98 minutes. 2.5 stars out of 5.