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5.0 out of 5 stars Greek, Gospel, Great !!, 21 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Hercules [DVD] [1997] (DVD)
The Greeks are responsible for some of the most heroic and magical stories ever made, and who better than one of the greatest storytellers ever to help bring their most famous hero back to life...
According to the film, Hercules is the new born son of Zeus and Hera (king and queen of the Gods), he gets kidnapped by order of his uncle who plans to overthrow Zeus and thus rule all… Why? Because according to a prophecy, Hercules is the only person that could ruin his plan, so after he is brought to earth, he was supposed to be eliminated… obviously he wasn’t…
The catchiest gospel tunes will hook you to the screen from beginning to end, during which you will see not the mighty hero performing his twelve famous tasks, but Hercules behind the scenes of the public eye… the insecure teenager who’s left out because he can’t control his freakish strength, the painstaking training he had to go through and his climb to fame. Keeping with tradition with the Lion King, Disney also provides yet another perfect villain: Voiced by James Woods, the hilarious God of the Underworld ‘Hades’ provides a brilliant counterweight to mister goody two shoes Herc. (P.S. Scar actually makes a cameo appearance in the film, see if you can spot him…)
Of course the film doesn’t come without a variety of sidekicks, each contributing their own bit of comedy to the film. In other words, their will be laughs galore when watching this feature.
The film doesn’t come without it’s soft spots either, due mostly to the beautiful and seducing female heroine Megara, the warm relationship between trainer Philoctetes and apprentice and the desire for a young boy to find out where he belongs.
Of course you’ll have loads of inaccuracies concerning the true mythology, and practically all the creatures from the other famous stories are thrown into the mix, but as far as cocktails go, this is one of the most delicious of all. I wouldn’t recommend this feature as a documentary for your history lessons, but certainly as good all-round family entertainment, well done again Disney!!
Extra’s are quite good, some behind the scenes stuff and the usual variety of games and picture books for the kids.
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