6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A very entertaining comedy,
This review is from: Hercules [DVD]  (DVD)
Disney's take on the Hercules mythos does twist quite a few elements of Greek mythology, but then again the Greeks themselves weren't sticklers for consistency in their lore. Hercules is the son of Zeus and Hera, but is abducted from Olympus and transformed into a mortal by Hades to ensure that, according to prophecy, he cannot later thwart the ruler of the underworld's planned takeover of heaven. Forced to grow up with mortal foster parents, Hercules can only return amongst the gods if he can prove himself a true hero through great acts of heroism and self-sacrifice to the Greek people. This is a very light-hearted comedy, lacking the tragedy and melodrama of earlier Disney flicks. James Woods' fast-talking Hades is the best character in the film, almost making you root for him instead. Hercules is a goody boy-scout, and Megara's seductress routine is a little overdone, but they still grow on you in the end. The excellent songs were composed by Alan Menken of Little Mermaid/Beauty and the Beast fame, some of which are performed by a black Gospel choir.