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Hercules: The Story You Don’t Know

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This week the Wardrobe Recommends…

HERCULES

 

Hercules, Dwayne Johnson, The Rock

I counted down the days from the first moment I saw the Hercules movie trailer until the midnight showing on the morning of July 25—Dwayne Johnson draped in a lion’s pelt? Could there be anything better on the big screen? Here’s my recommendation: females, see it for the handsome and muscular men; males, see it for the action and the beautiful women. In regards to the movie itself, I would recommend it so that you could get a different take on the infamous tale of Hercules. Screenwriters Ryan Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos made some bold moves that could be seen in both positive and negative lights. The legend of the demi-god Hercules is a story of the bravery, courage and strength of a single man trying to prove his worth to those whom live above the clouds. This story is a bit different. Rather than have it solely be about the life of Hercules (Dwayne Johnson), the writers and the director, Brett Ratner, decided to add five warriors to the mix. Hercules’s entourage consists of Amphiaraus (Ian McShane), Autolycus (Rufus Sewell), Tydeus (Aksel Hennie), Atalanta (Ingrid Bolsø Berdal) and Iolaus (Reece Ritchie)—without this loyal following, Hercules would not have the reputation of slaying the Hydra, the boar and the lion. The writers and the directors also played with the idea of mythological creatures and myths themselves. I’m still torn about whether I approve of their portrayal of Hercules—to be quite honest, the ending was ambiguous and left me wondering whether Hercules is really a demi-god or just a regular mortal—or whether I think he was not given the attention he deserved. It’s only an hour and forty minutes long, so if you have time in your busy day to sneak a quick trip to the movie theatres, I would recommend Hercules for your viewing pleasure. Have an open mind! Forget what you know about Hercules and let yourself be immerged in a world where myth, legend and reality collide.

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