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YMMV / Hercules (2014)

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  • Adaptation Displacement: The ads for the film avoided any mention of it being based on a comic book.
  • Cliché Storm: According to this unfavorable review by Rob Bricken, which also includes a mention of TV Tropes and a link to our Training the Peaceful Villagers page.
  • Complete Monster: King Cotys is a power-hungry monarch who murdered his own son-in-law in order to become king. He later gave Hercules the task of preparing an army for him which he could then use to fight Rheseus, a supposedly cruel ruler who had massacred several villages. It is revealed later on, however, that Cotys himself had ordered those mass killings, and that Rheseus himself was a revolutionary that Cotys shifted the blame to. He then tried to callously murder his own grandson in front of Hercules's eyes, and later tried to execute his own daughter.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Amphiaraus, due to being one of the funniest character and being played by Ian McShane.
    • Despite being what he is, John Hurt makes Cotys a very memorable villain.
    • Rufus Sewell's performance as Autolycus is one of the most memorable in the film.
    • Christopher Fairbank as minor character Gryza.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Rock is now playing an actual superpowered demigod in an animated film, brought to you by the same company that produced another film involving Hercules.
  • Narm Charm: The Rock's line, "I. Am. HERCULES!!" has this effect due to its overly-dramatic delivery. It becomes a real-life Funny Moment when you realize that Rock, according to an interview with Conan O'Brien, went so over the top with that line that he literally blacked out when he was done screaming.
  • Special Effects Failure: While the effects are better than the other Hercules film (especially in regards with the lion which looks pretty sweet), they're still rather unconvincing when placed with human actors. Most noticeably during the fight with the hydra.
    • The wolves towards the end of the film look pretty unconvincing, especially compared to the Cerberus that appeared earlier in the film.
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  • WTH, Costuming Department?: The sculpted muscles on Hercules's breastplate are smaller than the Rock's actual muscles.


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