Monday, June 16, 2014

Jump the Gun: Hercules

Jump the Gun is a semi-weekly article where two or more HiddenLevel contributors voice their gut reactions to upcoming movies. Their opinions are based solely on what trailers, press releases, and information is available around the internet, oh, and of course their own personal bias towards the source material. None of the opinions are based on actually having watched the movie. Each reviewer retains the right to change their view after having watched the movie, if they ever bother to do so. After all, who wants to waste their money on a movie that looks like it’s going to suck? Unless you’re into that kind of thing.


(July 25, 2014)

Movie Summary: Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) is Hercules.

Brunpuppies - I really kind of wish this was a Marvel movie and that we were getting that version of the demigod.  His character in the comic is pretty great and it would be awesome to have his rivalry with Thor up on the big screen.  This movie is based on a graphic novel, just not the one I had hoped.  Instead we are getting an adaption of Hercules: The Thracian Wars.  I haven’t read it yet, but it’s been added to my very long read list now that the movie is due to come out.
Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson seems built (pun intended) for this role and I think he could pull off making this a fun flick.  I really hope he gets a chance to really own this role and be the person you think of when someone says the name Hercules the way people think Arnold when you hear the name Conan the Barbarian.

Verdict - Probably not in theaters, but will watch on the small screen.

Kevshiro - I’m going to have to agree with Brunpuppies on this one.  Hercules back in the day would have been great to see.  Nowadays with all the marvel comic movies around.  Hercules by himself in a  movie, is just not that interesting to me anymore.  Believe me, I was a huge Hercules fan when I was younger.  I had a few of the books and saw all the old school films.  All the feats of strength and obstacles he had to overcome were all such great stories.  Nowadays though, it’s just not that interesting anymore to me.

Verdict - TV

SolidMike - I’m a huge a fan of mythology and somewhat of a fan to Dwayne Johnson. If anything, I’m more interested to see what mythical creatures will be in the film. While I do think Johnson did an ok job in the Scorpion King, him playing as Hercules really doesn’t do anything for me, because both characters are really similar…..ok Hercules is definitely bigger, but they both shop at the same clothing store. In any case, this definitely looks like a fun movie to watch for the summer.

Verdict - Will see in the theaters.

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