The BEST Disney movie I have ever seen!! (by black_white_clouds_r_pre)
Oh my gosh I can't believe that people are complaining about this movie. It is amazing with great art, jazzy music and awesome characters. I am 14 and first saw this movie at 5. I liked the movie then and absolutely love it now.I love the songs and even though it is not true to mythology, so what?? It's a movie so get over it!! Shesh!! This movie has got heaps of bad reviews but has anybody looked at the good ones?? The characters in this movie are great. Hercules is great and Phil adds some laughs. The villains in this story add soo much humor. Hades, Pain and Panic add soo many <more>
laughs and James Woods is perfect for Hades who is one of the best villains yet!! Megara or Meg has to be the best heroine from all the Disney movies. For one she is not looking for love, is independent she can tie her own sandals and everything and can stand up to her boss. She doesn't let anyone push her around. I think that Susan Egan did Meg's voice perfectly.Honestly I just want to say that this movie is great for both adults and children and the songs are unforgettable.If you haven't seen go to the video shop and rent it! You wont be sorry!!
This is possibly my favorite Disney movie ever. With a razor-sharp wit, perfect comic timing and a fresh plot that transcends most other Disney fairy tales, this one's definitely a keeper.You'll be enchanted right from the first number, in which the five Muses from Greek mythology set the stage of ancient Greece in a powerhouse gospel number which gives a whole new meaning to a Greek chorus. Recalling the three ladies in Little Shop of Horrors or Motown groups like the Supremes, the Muses appear randomly throughout the movie to narrate the story of Hercules with jazzy musical <more>
numbers that you'll be humming for days. The songs by Alan Menken are certainly a twist from the classic Disney musical, but there's enough variety to create a great, well-rounded musical. The writing is the wittiest in any Disney movie ever, with constant in-jokes and hilarious references to Greek mythology to reward the amateur scholar. The lyrics, too, are witty and full of tricky rhyme schemes that must have been a doozy to write but play out perfectly on screen. You'll be flat-out awed by how many things rhyme with the phrase "gospel truth". Another of the highlights is the heroine, Megara or Meg. She's in no way a typical Disney princess. She's sassy, sexy, cynical and dangerous - and more winning by far than any warbling Cinderella or whiny little mermaid. The villain, Hades, is also a fun, witty character, although plenty dangerous in his own right.Of course liberties have been taken with Greek mythology. The dysfunctional Olympian family has been cleaned up No more Zeus having affairs or Hera trying to kill people and the story has little in it of the original Greek legend. Instead, it's really an archetype, a modern retelling of all the Greek legends at once. Appearances are made by the Muses, the Hydra, satyrs, the Fates, Pegasus, the Titans, Narcissus, and of course all of the Olympian gods. Scholars may take offense, but since legends evolve and are to be taken with a grain of salt anyway, I didn't have a problem with it.Yes, it's cheesy, just like other Disneys. But when nobody else is around, there's no resisting the corn. The third act is absolutely heart-wrenching, and even if it's over-the-top, it never truly goes over the top, and the constant bombarding of wit keeps things from getting too touchy-feely. Besides, tied together with a golden Disney score, who couldn't resist a dose of adventure, heartache, redeeming love, and most of all, heroism? Just let yourself be carried away to ancient Greece and you'll forget the movie's problems in a Pelyponnesian minute. As the Muses would say, that's the gospel truth.
Gods and Monsters: HERCULES is one of Disney's funniest. (by vip_ebriega)
My Take: The typical masterpiece Disney is capable of. Pure magic! The gods must be funny in this hilarious animated smash from the ever-talented animation artists at Disney. HERCULES, which was released after the studio dared to venture into darker territory with THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, returns to the kind of light, fun-loving musical adventure. Despite being a magnificent instant classic of its own, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME proved to be too dark for the usual Disney routine. If that case so, HERCULES is a good throwback to the days of ALADDIN and THE LITTLE MERMAID. It may just be <more>
their funniest yet.The movie is a twist on the tales of Greek Mythology, namely the story of the title character voiced by Tate Donovan , who happens to be the son of the great god Zeus voiced by Rip Torn who is robbed of his godly powers and turned mortal... sort of by the evil Lord Hades voiced with maniacal glee by James Woods . Unfortunate for the hot-headed, comical Lord of the Underworld, Hercules maintained his god-like strength, making him look like a freak in the eyes of everyone else. So young "Herc" set on a voyage to find his true identity and reclaim his destiny as a god on Mount Olympus. Aiding as his mentor is a tough-mouthed satyr named Phil voiced by Danny DeVito and his magical bird-brained Pegasus, while also tempted by a lovely maiden named Meg voiced by Susan Egan , short for Megara, who may just have a weakness for his "Wonder Boy"'s charms.The magic of Disney's timeless animation is still stirring and imaginative, but the voice cast have never been more appropriate. James Woods was born to play the villain Hades. He basically steals the scenes he's in, if not the whole movie. He may be the bad guy, but you'll like hims so much, he's good! Other than Woods is Danny DeVito, who imbues his familiar voice and personality to his character Phil and comes up with a character that even adults will love. Then there are the lovely singing muses, who tells the series of events through winning musical numbers reminiscent to the Greek Chorus from LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS . The songs by the way are written none other than brilliant lyricist Alan Menken ALADDIN , here whipping yet another magnificent strain of brilliant songs. Mythology fans, film fans and musical fans rejoice! Here's the gods to deliver all your requests. Gather the family together! Rating: ***** out of 5.
"Hercules" is a cracking Disney film and for once it's not just for the kids. The animation is more like the "old-school" Disney, before the cute, big-eye syndrome and the characters are hugely entertaining. It has sly humour and in-jokes, but what sets it apart are the songs; soul, RNB, jazz and not a drippy sugar-song in sight. Quality entertainment!
the best since Aladdin! (by Indy-52)
wow! This movie was really a pleasant surprise! I went to the theater expecting another below-par Disney film like Pocahontas and Hunchback , but it turned out to be the most funny and enjoyable one since Aladdin The Lion King was good, but there's just no contest between Timon & Pumbaa and the Genie ! And a good laugh from a Disney cartoon is just what i needed. You just must see this movie!
Very Good! (by themegster88)
Call me bias against Disney, but I really enjoyed this film.The main reason I like it? Megra and Hades, the 'villians' are a new type of character, sarcastic, brash and so damn funny the two characters are amazing. I really like the new heroine, Megra is so cool. "I'm a big strong girl, I tie my own sandals and everything." She has one of the best songs in the movie, but all the songs are really brilliant! This is an under-rated movie. I LOVE IT! I would recommend it to anyone, so what if it's not quite representative of the 'real' story, it's Disney! <more>
I'm shocked to see this movie with a rating below 7. As a big Disney fan, I'll go out on a limb and say this is one Disney's top 5. There isn't a Disney movie out there with wit as sharp as this one's with much of it probably lost on the audience guessing by the rating given to this movie. "Meg" definitely emerges as my all-time favorite female Disney role. Breaking from tradition, her character is not all that lady-like in her biting wit and sarcasm, but it works, serving to make the movie funny and her character lovable despite working with questionable <more>
motives. The set-up and plot is typical for the movie but the script, animation, and music are most original AND good. IF I had to register a complaint, I would say that it's perpetual humor kept the movie from being emotionally wrenching. However, this movie remains one of the most entertaining I've seen. 8.5/10
I have seen many Disney movies, animated and not, and this one has more action than most, has no cute animals and is more humorous ala Aladdin than a typical Disney movie--Pixar films not included. This one also has a male lead no princesses . If you are looking for typical Disney fare, then you may not appreciate this one. We enjoyed it thoroughly--from 4 to 40 years of age, male and female.As for all the criticism regarding the liberties Disney took with Greek mythology, get a grip. I love Greek mythology too but hey, IT'S FICTION! It's not historical fact. Even the ancient tales <more>
themselves are not consistent, containing contradictions. There were many authors. But the characters are interesting, and Disney used some of them to create a good story for kids about an outcast looking for his place in life. It also explores what makes a hero a true hero perhaps the more useful lesson of the movie . Yes, it's a shame they took so many liberties with this picture but it still encourages interest in Greek myth. Don't believe me? The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were not historically accurate either but they got kids interested in the Old Masters!8 / 10
I love the action in "Hercules"! (by Boba_Fett1138)
Although it's far from being the best Disney movie and perhaps maybe even the worst Disney of the nineties, I still love some of the elements in this movie. The action is one of them.What makes "Hecules" a 'not so great' Disney movie is the story. I don't know, the way it's told makes it flat and too simple. Also the movie lacks some great and fun characters. Only Hades is cool and a memorable villain, also because of course of James Woods, who excellently voiced him. Also the love story disappoints.The movie is filled with some nicely done action sequences which <more>
I truly loved. It makes "Hercules" a cool and enjoyable movie to watch.Don't expect an animated masterpiece but expect an enjoyable movie instead. Let it simply entertain you!8/10http://bobafett1138.blogspot.com/