Last week we went to the special pre-showing (a new word for premiere) of the new Hercules release starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, at the courtesy of Universal Pictures Netherlands. Under the enjoyment of bacon crisps and a drink we entered the action-flick, open-minded with low expectations of another mythical telling of the greek demi-god. But we were certainly off with that asumption.
The flick is definitely action-packed and brings the well-buffed Rock aka Hercules well-lit front and centre of the screen. But the thing that caught our attention was not per se the perfomances and many well-styled action-scenes. No, it was the concept behind the story. The story strips down the myth and re-tells it from a humanily perspective. Asking (and answering) questions like: What would be a plausible truth behind the myth of Hercules, and what defines him as a demi-god?
This perpective on the mythical demi-god makes it all more relatable and less ‘fantasy’. All of a sudden it starts to make far more sense why people in those times would believe in demi-gods with divine powers. The concept of this storytelling of the myth came from a well-known comic series by the late Steve Moore. This has caused some controversy due to the fact that Moore did not want to take part in the promotion of the film due to some legal disputes, and yet they still used his name for promotion after his death. You can read more on this story here.
To summarize; the film was a pleasant surpise in the action-fantasy genre and Gabi and myself kept cheering Hercules on during the film! Hopefully you’ll enjoy this popcorn-movie as much as we did.