Brief Reviews: Hercules (1997)

March 3rd, 2014, 10pm

It was 10.6°C with few clouds. The breeze was gentle.

If you’ve considered seeing Hercules, and haven’t yet (it is about 17 years old, after all), give it a shot.

Yes, it is borderline bad Disney, right before things fall completely off the edge with Tarzan, The Emperor’s New Groove, and Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and their trademark animation style is lost forever to the digital/3D animation they’re only just now perfecting. At the same time, Hercules has some of the best music of any of the movies which came out in the 20-year window which defined us ‘millenials.’

It’s not going to ever replace the greats from the earlier 90s, but it is a silly way to spend 90 minutes and get a few great pop-gospel tunes in your head. The music really is a selling point, since it’s catchy, sassy, and cleverly written for both children and adults. Writers Roger Clements and John Muskers (both of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin fame) were on par with lyrics in a way that makes me confident to say this is just as good as its predecessors, if only in writing. The muses were a brilliant plot device that allowed the story to move more seamlessly through time, and gave a heck of a lot more funny lines to the script. Otherwise, it’s a poorly animated (dear Lord, the 3D was rudimentary…), shallowly developed way to spend time.

I mean, if you love Disney, it’s must-do. Otherwise, it’s just a way to get a bit of nostalgia and tap your toes.

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Valerie Stimac

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