The DVD and Blu-ray packs of Hercules have been released and, really, if you haven’t seen it, you might be pleasantly surprised. Sure, another movie, The Legend of Hercules, was also released recently but Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson makes more sense in the role than Kellan Lutz (Twilight) did so that immediately adds a layer of authenticity.
Not everyone is going to be on board for director, Brett Ratner’s, style but many critics felt that he did a far better job than they were expecting. The film does a decent job of combining drama, comedy and action in a very straightforward manner.
When it was initially released in theaters, people were very skeptical because MGM and Paramount opted against screening it for most American film critics beforehand. Usually, a studio chooses to do that with movies that they think are really bad and don’t want to risk the negative publicity. Unfortunately, they ended up hurting themselves anyway since people wondered if there was a reason why they were hiding it from reviewers.
I personally thought that the action sequences were pretty cool, for the most part, and that they were well spaced out on the screen so that things weren’t all scrunched together. That’s a good thing since Ratner spent $110 million making this film!
I will say one thing, however. It is absolutely worth seeing the film in Blu-ray because the DVD really diminishes the quality of the effects and actually makes them look cheesy. We were going to actually turn the movie off because it looked like it was going to be terrible but changed our minds once we tried viewing it on Blu-ray.
If you’re looking for high art or the dynamic and breathtaking visual effects from the likes of 300, you will be disappointed but if you are interested in enjoying a down-to-earth heroic tale, Hercules is perfect.