So the other day I was bouncing around the interwebs and I found this review of Hercules that really bashed it. I was surprised that there was someone out there who really didn’t like the movie, and looking at the comments and around other websites more, I actually found that there is a good amount of people who dislike Hercules.
I found this to be really shocking, as Hercules was one of my personal favorites. One of the criticisms was of the muses, and how they may be hard to understand or just didn’t fit in with the overall movie. I never really understood this criticism, as I thought that the muses gave Hercules a distinct feel. Instead of the music being this big Broadway style, which we had seen countless times before, the muses helped give the movie a Motown like feel, which is something I had not seen in a Disney movie before and enjoyed. Does Motown quite fit with Greek mythology? Not necessarily, but since when does Broadway fit in the jungle or in the streets of Agrabah?
The other major criticism that really boggled my mind was that the story wasn’t at all like the actual story of Hercules. Well no duh!
Let’s be honest, since when is any Disney movie a blow by blow recap of the original? They are all inspired by the source material, but never a recreation of them. I know that this is a general criticism of Disney films, but this one always baffled me in terms of Hercules, mainly because it would come from people who had no problem with say Pocahontas, but did take offense to this one.
The story will be changed for Disney. They want a happy ending and it still needs to be kid friendly. If you didn’t expect this, then clearly Disney movies are not for you.
My reasons for liking Hercules are simple. I love the music, for one. Go the Distance was one of my favorites growing up, and Won’t Say I’m in Love (seen below) has definitely grown on me as I’ve gotten older, from the storytelling lyrics to the unique Motown sound from the heroine.
I also just loved the characters. Hades is easily the most charismatic bad guy in the Disney family of villains, Phil is always good for a laugh, and I have always loved Hercules. The guy has this superhuman strength, and yet all he wants is just somewhere where he feels that he fits in. I can’t tell you why, but something about that resonates with me.
So yeah, it baffles me why Hercules gets picked on so much. For my money, it’s still one of my favorites, and really, I don’t care what everyone else says. What about you? Like or dislike Hercules?