Zero to Hero!
Bestowed with superhuman strength, a young mortal named Hercules sets out to prove himself a hero in the eyes of his father, the great god Zeus. Along with his friends Pegasus, a flying horse, and Phil, a personal trainer, Hercules is tricked by the hilarious, hotheaded villain Hades, who's plotting to take over Mount Olympus!
Hercules is a film that doesn’t stray far from the Disney formula but what it lacks in surprises and originality it makes up for in its brisk pacing and breezy tone. Directed by the duo of Ron Clements and John Musker, two men heavily involved in the studio’s ‘90s renaissance, this is a stylish and brightly animated family film that gets by thanks to its relentless energy and charm.
Having practically exhausted every famous fairy tale it was only a matter of time before the house of mouse turned their attention to Greek mythology. Even with so many stories to choose from it is hardly surprising they chose the story of Hercules, not least because it is one of the…
"Is... Is that the voice of James Woods?"
"I don't know."
"I think it is."
Turns out it was.
So there's that.
The platformer 'Hercules' for the Mega Drive/Genesis was quite good too, I seem to remember. Difficult, but fun.
Did you know there are two live-action Hercules films with huge budgets, completely independent of each other, coming out in 2014? One of them has The Rock and Lovejoy in it. The other I don't really know anything about.
I'm basically trying to skirt around the issue that this isn't a very good movie. Sorry. I know to some people that's sacrilegious to chastise a Disney movie, but it is actually pretty rubbish. It's only ever funny when it's unintentional, the bloody music / dance number in the middle of the film goes on for an age but I suppose at least it looked quite pretty.
"High above the mucky-muck, castle made of clouds,
There sits Wonderboy, sitting oh so proudly.
Not much to say when you're high above the mucky-muck.
Wonderboy, what is the secret of your power?
Wonderboy, won't you take me far away from the mucky-muck man?"
Above are lyrics from Tenacious D's Wonderboy. They have nothing to do with this film other than the fact they repeatedly call Hercules Wonderboy in the movie, and I was so bored my mind kept wondering and thinking of the song. The 2 1/2 stars are because it held my 2 year Olds attention for most of the runtime.
"Hercules" is a good movie, but a step down from the early 90's Disney animation renaissance. By the late 90s, it seems Disney filtered down what was working into a formula and left it on auto-pilot. Sixteen years later, the animation still looks great, especially the big action scenes like Herc fighting the Hydra. James Woods is on fire (har!) as Hades, and might be in the top 3 all-time Disney villains. But that's kind of it.
Something just never clicks with "Hercules" in the same way it did for say "Aladdin." It could be that it's too earnest and too saccharine sweet at times. It could be Hercules himself who is just kind of boring. They try to make…
No shit Rip Torn is Zeus!
I want a Pegasus
How appalling, I cannot believe this use to be a childhood favorite however that was mainly due to the titans and all of the creatures that fascinated my morbid imagination. Being an adult now all I can see is sanitized Greek mythology more akin to Western ideology of good versus evil not too distant from biblical origins.
Its all standard procedure in this film with its character development and scenarios of love and betrayal. Just the decorating is different. For the nineties I do remember the soundtrack was somewhat memorable, now I'm not so sure. More than anything this is just cringe worthy bad. Even its failed attempt at humor felt pathetic. Some of the only remaining positive aspects was at least it had a good voice cast in James Woods, Bobcat Goldthwait, Danny DeVito, and Rip Torn.
I still like this movie, but the low rating is for the fact that it irritates the shit out of me. I know that doesn't sound like it makes sense, so let me explain. As someone who grew up learning Greek mythology (and eating it up) I couldn't watch this movie as a child. This movie can barely call itself greek mythology. 90% of the stuff that comes out of this film is absolutely false in terms of actual mythology. I know it may sound ridiculous, but that REALLY irks me. I could understand making up a story and involving greek mythological characters, but DON'T try and retell the story of Hercules in some bullshit fashion. THAT BEING SAID, I still really enjoy the jokes, songs, and overall theme of the film. I can still watch it, but it still makes me cringe when they say extremely false things. Call me pretentious, but that's just how I am.
Entirely too much cheesy singing and dancing around a rather dull hero in an at times equally dull tale: Hercules is a decidedly sub-par effort by Disney as far as I'm concerned.
"We dance, we kiss, we schmooze, we carry on, we go home happy, whaddya say? Come on." That last bit is a microcosm of what's so special about James Woods' performance--and while I like the film as a whole, it's his work that sets the film apart from the other Disney Renaissance pictures. I totally buy that he ad-libbed a ton of his dialogue, because, as with the Genie, you can almost see the animation struggling to stay apace with his fast-paced delivery. There's less of the person-specific references, but Hades is equally anachronistic. The film as a whole is flawed, no doubt, but with age, Woods' work is top shelf. Come on.
short decent movie
Shallow at times,even rich animation.Not a real myth in my Disney Library.
Let me just say I appreciate this film more than my education. Ironically, this film educated me; it taught me that you actually can cheat death because death sucks. God bless.
Hercules is an interesting little Disney film. Often overlooked in favor of the Big Three (Lion King, Aladdin and Little Mermaid), Hercules is an underrated Disney movie. It easily has the best villain, Hades (played by the perfectly cast James Woods), who loses his temper often and is incredibly animated. However, the main character Hercules is incredibly generic and his love interest Megara (Susan Egan) is forgettable as all hell. Danny DeVito is also along for the ride as Philoctetes (known as Phil in the movie), a sharp-witted satyr. The animation is a bit iffy; the art style seems an odd choice, although some set pieces work marvelously. If nothing else, this movie is a decent flick worth a watch for Woods' antics.
Meg is such a whore...
MAKE HER A DISNEY PRINCESS!!!
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.