By Paul Anthony
As always everyone knows how much I love Greek mythology and every time I come across a film that involves that I must watch it and see how close it is to the source material. However often these films go so far away from the material, the only thing that is left is basically the names. Enter 2010 we see the release of a film called Clash of the titans starring Sam Worthington who at this point was just beginning to reach the peak of his career. In 2009 he was a lead in the fourth Terminator movie and the lead in Avatar. The Clash of the Titans added to his resume with being in blockbusters. the film was produced on 125 million dollar budget and grossed 493 million making the movie a success despite being poorly reviewed. However money talks and just 2 years later we got a sequel titled Wrath of the Titans. The film brought back most of the main cast so the film starred Sam Worthington as Perseus, Liam Neeson as Zeus and Ralph Fiennes as Hades. Once again this film had slightly reviews but still negative much like the first film. This film cost more to make which it had a budget of 150 million and grossed just 302 million which was nearly 200 million then the first film. though it made money a third film was planned called Revenge of the Titans though that idea was cancelled. Now it =s our time to see how bad or good this film was and like always we are looking into the plot first.
This film takes place ten years after the events of the first film, Perseus now resides as a fisherman again with his son Helius, we learn that Lo passed away sometime before the film. One night Zeus visits Perseus and warns him that the mortals are no longer praying to the gods as a result the gods themselves are turning into mortals and with them losing the their powers, they can’t maintain the walls of Tartarus which if they crumble Kronos will be free from his prison and wreck havoc on the earth. Perseus reminds Zeus that he is a fisherman now just wants to enjoy time with his son. Some days later Zeus meets up with his brothers Hades and Poseidon and his son Aries to form a plan to fix the issue but Hades and Aries have other plans and defeat Zeus and barely killing Poseidon who escapes from them. Poseidon comes across Perseus and tells him what is going on, which now forces him to join the fight. But this fight will require him to team with his cousin to gather all three weapons of the head gods to defeat Kronos and save Zeus but Zeus’s time is coming to an end because his powers are nearly drained and Kronos is now free but after a hard fought battle Perseus saves the day but Zeus dies from his wounds. Hades who is now mortal leaves the scene in defeat and sadden that he lost his brother. Perseus reunited son Helius and even scores a kiss with Andromeda. Helius tells his father that he wants to go home and be a fisherman and Perseus tells him they can’t and he must be proud of who they are for Helius is the son of Perseus and the Grandson of Zeus.
Like many action films the story isn’t really there nor does it make sense. Zeus created the mortals so he doesn’t get his power from them. Next they could have made Zeus more of a badass and considering the actor they had for the role this was a big time hit. Next Perseus telling his son in the end they can’t go home to be fisherman doesn’t make sense because Perseus did that once already and of course the death of Lo who lived hundreds of years before Perseus was even born. The action was average at best so was the affects they used. But I know why the third film was cancelled because the series was trending downwards big time. In the end I am giving it a C or 70 percent for a rating this film in the end was nothing more then a film that will get lost in film history.
By Paul Anthony
Welcome to a new monthly series we recently just created and this month is the first blog of its kind. Now we know what Doppelgänger means but how much do we really see it in Hollywood? The answer may surprise when we say a lot. Now in this series we will review two films that are a lot alike but are not the same, so if it is a remake or reboot, then they do not account. It is no secret that I am big into Greek mythology and of course one of my favorite heroes is Hercules, now though the name is more associated with Greek mythology that name is actually the Roman hero rather than the Greek hero Herakles, however they are the same person but for now we will continue to refer to him as Hercules. Over the years there have been plenty of movies that aren’t reboots regarding this character however for today we are taking a look at the Legend of Hercules and Hercules both came out in 2014 and honestly only 6 month apart and by two different studios, nevertheless even back then I thought this was crazy and weird all at the same time. This must have been an actually case of who can do it better, so who did it better? Let’s first talk about the Legend of Hercules.
The Legend of Hercules or also Known as Hercules: The Legend begins, was released in January of 2014 and film had a budget of 70 million and only made around 61 million. The film starred Kellan Lutz as Hercules. Though the film was a box office bomb the audience still gave it a B-. In this film, the story starts at 1200 BC where we meet a young King Amphitryon who invades Argos and takes over the kingdom after a battle, the queen Alcmene who truly hates her husbands prays to Hera to have son whose doesn’t belong to her husband, Hera grants this request and soon after gives birth to two sons Iphicles and Hercules though he is given the fake name of Alcides. Twenty years go by and both boys grow up into different men though Iphicles becomes a cold hearted coward and Alcides grow to be a warrior and respectable person, But they are both interested in HeBe who is the princess of Crete but she only wants Hercules. The King though has set up an arrange Marriage between Iphicles and Hebe and too make sure this happens the King sends Hercules off to battle, to get him out of the picture, turns out this was nothing more than set up to kill Hercules. When it is believed that Hercules did in fact die, the king believed that the plan has worked. Hercules becomes a slave and must battle for his freedom which he does and sets his sights on returning home to stop this wedding. One night the king finds out the truth regarding Hercules’s true father which he then decides to kill his wife. When Hercules returns home and begins to free people from the King and even has some of the army behind him, he decides to take on his step dad and brother with a little help from his real dad in a form of lightening strikes from a sword. In the end it is Hercules and Hebe who marry and become king and queen even have a son together. The Movie ends with Hercules watching over his Kingdom.
Now Lets jump to the one that came out 6 months later and starred Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Hercules, the film had a budget of 100 million and mange to gross 244 million, making it an box office success. Even the reviews turned out to be better than the other film, so all seems to be well but was it truly better? Let’s look at the plot. The film is based on the comic book series Hercules: The Thracian Wars.
In This film we meet Hercules who is a leader of a band of mercenaries which include Amphiaraus, Autolycus, Tydeus, Atalanta and his nephew Iolaus. In this film people do not believe that he is the son of Zeus even though he’s very strong. Overall the film still doesn’t make it clear if he truly is or isn’t and some even dispute his 12 labors though in the end credits we learn that his team did help him with the 12 labors. one day in 358 BC, after a mission they are approached by a princess who wants them to come to Thrace and help train their army to defeat the evil warlord Rhesus. Of Course Hercules agrees. Soon he begins to train them but the King of Thrace informs them that the army must be ready now because Rhesus is close in central Thrace where the king claims that Rhesus has used magic and turn the tribe there against them. Though Hercules and the army defeats the local tribe they also lose half the army, which once they return home Hercules and his team continue to train the army, then the war starts and Hercules does manage to defeat Rhesus and they take him a prisoner, there Hercules sees the princess show pity to Rhesus and wants to know why and there Hercules learns he has been fighting on the wrong side and demands answers from the king who does admit it and tries to have Hercules killed but fails and Hercules pretty much saves the day in the end.
Okay I will have to say both of these movies were basically on par with each other. The use of CGI for the places were cheap and honestly both would have greatly benefitted from filming on location type of thing. The stories were both wrong in their own ways with certain elements being true to the mythology and I’ll give a few examples. In The Legend Hercules is a prince and doesn’t have a good relationship with Iphicles or the king. That incorrect Though Amphitryon was once a king , he didnt die as a king nor did Hercules ever become a king in fact Hercules had a great relationship with his stepdad and half brother. Hercules did marry Hebe but not until he descended to Mount Olympus to be by his father’s side, they did have kids together, though Hercules wasn’t born in 1200 BC more like 800 years later. The Rock’s film overall story wasn’t correct but more parts were correct, They did explain that he killed his first wife and children in a fit of rage that Hera caused him thus doing the 12 labors. traveling with his nephew was another correct thing but him having his own team wasn’t true though he was a part of the Argonauts. Though in 358 Bc he would have truly been dead as a human because he would be 100 plus years old, though they did get his outfit and Weapons right. In The end its the Rock’s film that wins this mostly because of the Rock’s performance, he to me saved this film! SO the winner would be Hercules (2014) though both films were basically average.
By Paul Anthony
Now I don’t normally review too many animated series but this is the first for me and mostly because it was based on Greek mythology, which one of the things that I enjoy reading and watching and even learning about. Right off the bat the title caught my attention. After I clicked it on it and began to read what the series was about, I decided it was time to watch the show and see what it was about. Season one currently consists of 8 episodes, with each episode being around 30 minutes long. The cast is led by Derek Phillips who voices the lead character Heron which I will discuss more in a moment. Then we have Jason O’Mara who voices Zeus and we have Claudia Christian being the voice of Hera. The rest of the cast is as the following Elias Toufexis as Seraphim, Mamie Gummer as Electra, Chris Diamantopoulos as Evios, Jessica Henwick as Alexia, Melina Kanakaredes as Ariana, Mathew Mercer as Hermes, Adetokumboh M’Cormack as Kofi and finally Adam Croasdell as Apollo.
Now the plot is pretty basic but with some little twists to it and if you don’t pay attention when these twists happen you might get confused. The plot revolves around Heron who learns that he is a son of Zeus and is basically called upon to help fight for Mount Olympus when Hera learns that Zeus cheated her on and been protecting Heron and his mother who Zeus may still have feelings for. It is hard to tell if Zeus truly loves any of them more then he says his does because towards the end he does show love for Hera. Heron lives as a poor bastard boy with his mom and shows great strength in defending his village from these monsters that are called demons who were made from the bodies of the Giants that Zeus defeated many years ago. Hera who now wants her revenge on Zeus for cheating uses both the demons and giants for her war against Mount Olympus which Zeus trains Heron and reveal that they are father and son, Though at first Heron doesn’t want no part of this because of the death of his mother , he quickly changes his mind. But his story doesn’t stop there, the leader of the demons and the one who killed his mother was in fact his twin brother who didn’t even know that he killed their mother until it was revealed to him. talk about family drama, Heron saves the day and sadly has to defeat his brother as well who is mad at all the gods for the role they took in his life, The season as far as i know at this point ends with the demon leader is hell and Heron enjoying a much better life a hero.
Now I really did enjoy the fast pace storylines and at the same time they manage to keep the twists coming at the same time. Each episode gave us something to work with and good character development for each of the main characters in this show. Now Lets talk about the graphics it almost felt like a 300 film with graphics which was great touch. I honestly having a hard time finding something negative about this show except heron himself. Heron story (Which was made for the show) seems to be basically a Herakles (Hercules) story both people were named after Hera from a Mortal woman who was suppose to be a queen and had twin boys one of which was fathered by Zeus. Heron shows great strength which is a power that Herakles has as well, they both help Zeus out on certain missions. The demon brother was new part and him finding out Zeus was his father later in his life was new. Where Herakles knew early on that he was a half god. If these two characters weren’t the same I wouldn’t have a problem with it but why not make Herakles the lead person if your going to use his story. In the end I am giving this show an A for a rating or 95 percent and a must watch for the adults. This show isn’t meant to be a kids show.