The Unbeatable Hercules: Movie Review

by Devina Gunawan

Hercules my god! I love this movie more than I can express in words. There are no enough words to describe how much I love this movie. And no enough fingers to count how many times I have seen it, and will see it again after this.

Dwayne Johnson is the man. I will watch any movie in which he stars.


So really, when I saw the poster of Hercules last year, I was super excited. I could not think of any other actor to portray the demigod that is Hercules.

And the movie did not disappoint. I believe I had seen the movie during a long flight, because for some reason I had not the time to watch it before. Surprisingly.

And I believe a lot of people on the plane found me annoying with my cheering and declaration of love towards Hercules.

So here I will start the review. A year too late, I know, but hey, it’s a crazy good of a movie.

So Hercules created legends all his life. He had never been ordinary, and everyone knew his significance through the stories told of him. Also, you look at Dwayne Johnson and go, “DAMN!” What a rock.

And the movie, instead of recreating the legend, and I am not attacking any other movie in particular, is giving a different perspective.

For sure, nobody can truly confirm to what extend the myth and legend are true. For all we know, it all could have been just a mere imagination of a man. Chances are, it is.

However, the way the movie approached Hercules was, in my opinion, outstanding.

It let us question and think, “Is he really the son of Zeus?” “Does he truly have super powers?” “Is he really a demigod?”

It showed us the human side, and it showed us how he had built his own legend. Whether the story behind his birth and rise to power was true or not, we were simply given a story that we could interpret our own.

Instead of giving us magic here and there, the movie showed us the options without taking away the assumed magic. We could see it as magical, or we could see it simply as a man who fought with all he had. We could see it as a demigod in struggles, we could see it as an extraordinary man who worked above and beyond to earn a title that people could only see fit: a demigod.

So it was all a mystery. It was both clear in the terms of Hercules’ magnificence, and mysterious in the terms of his background story.

And that is the magic of ‘Hercules.’

The best part of this movie was the fact that it was not relying on romance. It was focused on its title, and I truly appreciated it.

How many times have we seen a movie that is so much distracted by the romantic aspect of it? As a lot of you might have guessed by now, I am not a huge fan of romance.

Thus, this movie made me happier than most.

For those of you who have not seen it, I encourage you to. It is very entertaining. A little bit dark, but if you can see past the darkness and laugh at how light it can get, this is the movie to watch.

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