Saturday 20 January 2018

Hercules (12A) - 'the dialogue is camply hilarious'

George Byrne

Action. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Rebecca Ferguson, Peter Mullan, Reece Richie, Ingrid Bolso Berdal. Directed by Brett Ratner


The trailer for Hercules is mightily misleading, implying that it's a fantasy adventure when, in fact, it's a pretty straightforward swords'n'sandals affair.

Based on a comic, the story has Hercules (Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson) and his loyal gang of mercenaries (including Ian McShane as a stoner soothsayer and Rufus Sewell as a trusty sidekick) set a task by Lord Cotys (John Hurt in money-counting mode) only to encounter betrayal after several bloody battles.

The dialogue is camply hilarious - lots of 'By the zits of Zeus they shall pay!' and that class of thing - which gives the British thesps plenty of opportunity to chew the scenery and while the action sequences are decently staged, they would have been much better if I'd actually been able to see them, the film being shot in a gloomy murk which 3D does absolutely nothing to help.


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