SYNOPSIS: Official Movie Website
Both man and myth, Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) leads a band of mercenaries to help end a bloody civil war in the land of Thrace and return the rightful king to his throne. A tormented soul from birth, Hercules has the strength of a God but feels the suffering of a human.
Unimaginable villains will test the mythical power of Hercules in Director Brett Ratner‘s gritty take on one of the most epic action heroes of the ages.
Not as good as The Legend of Hercules because I think Kellan was a prettier Herc.
After a Bunch of Lunch at Shakey’s – a belated birthday meal from my parents – they took me to see Hercules at the Cinemark Culver City 18 & XD. Originally, dad had looked it up and discovered a 09:30 showing, but today it did not show on the website, so we went to a 14:00 showing. Being the vocal customer I am, I asked for the manager and complained that the am showing had disappeared overnight. To be honest, I don’t know if my dad missed it, or it was really gone, but my displeasure was expressed. While waiting for the manager to confirm our complaint, I struck up a conversation with Toney, who was pleasureable and knowledgeable. I commended her public relations, indicating she deserved a raise.
About fifteen minutes before the movie started, I went out the concession stand to buy some popcorn – this boy needs popcorn when viewing a movie in a theater. The popcorn did not seem freshly popped, the crunch replaced with the staleness that popcorn takes on when it has been sitting too long. Strike one! The young man that assisted me with my purchase seemed put upon, as he dragged behind the counter to fulfill my order. Strike two! And the staff was unknowledgeable regarding the difference between popcorn salt and regular iodized salt packets. Strike three! So, when I left I sought out another manager and re-expressed my commendation of Toney and expressed my dismay with the young gentleman behind the concession stand.
As for the movie: I just love these kind of movies that display a honor of character. I wish there had been more mythological influence in the movie, which is another reason I prefer Legend of Hercules. While I adore Dwayne Johnson, his body appeared to be full of steroids – a total turn off. Don’t get me wrong, I am not accusing Dwayne of steroid use, it’s just that his body had that look, which I find unattractive – tightness bordering on selling. Another reason I did not care for this version as much is because Dwayne was still recognizable as himself, making it hard to believe he was Hercules. And the most shallow reason for my dislike: not as much skin. On the good side there was a twist in the story which I appreciated, moments of levity where I LOL’d, the hott discover of Autolycus (Rufus Sewell) and a moment of emotion surrounding Tydeus (Askel Hennie).
Lastly, I had to complain to the parking attendant: mother chose valet and still had to pay a parking fee. That’s just not right! The parking attendant tried to explain that valet was an up-charge, equaling a comparable valet parking fee. I say, why not make it one charge and let the customer decide. Psychologically, it sucks to have to pay twice. Whether you self park or valet park, you are still parking only once, but paying two fees. WTF! Parking when you patronize a business is just another capitalistic ruse for raping the consumer.
When I got home, I gave Mojo the chicken knuckles I had save from lunch, so I think we are good. ha ha ha ha ha!