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The Legend of Hercules

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When I was a little kid, about ten years old, I was obsessed with the Disney movie Hercules. It was my favorite movie because I loved Greek mythology. I read every book from the series Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. My obsession with Greek mythology was greater than a kid’s love for candy. Hercules was a demigod which meant he was half god and half human. There are many different stories and they all say he has a different mother, but we all know who his father is, Zeus. Athena was angered by this because she was married to Zeus. So she gave Hercules twelve labors and after he completed the labors, she would no longer try to kill him.

Personally, I loved the way Disney portrayed Hercules in the 1997 film Hercules. While it was not accurate in the slightest bit, it was a great movie for a little kid. The movie had a lot of catchy music and a really great plot. For me, however, I prefer the 2014 movie Hercules directed by Brett Ratner. While this movie depicts Hercules as a mercenary for hire, I believe it goes into greater detail about who Hercules actually was.

The 2014 film described a war Hercules was involved in in order to save a small child. He was with his comrades Amphiaraus, Autolycus, Atalanta, and Tydeus throughout the whole movie until the end. They did a job for the king of Tyrece which resulted in the group being paid in Hercules weight in gold twice. After they completed the job and got paid, Hercules realized the king was planning to rule all of Greece alongside the king of Athens. Hercules also realized the job they did was to prevent an uprising instead of stop a band of murderous centaurs from burning villages and murdering innocents. I liked this portrayal the best because it felt more realistic to what life in that time would have been like. While I do like the Disney version, the 2014 film is a thriller with action around every corner.

This angered Hercules so he gave one of his comrades his gold and set off to the palace to kill the two kings. As the rest of his comrades saw him do this, they also laid their gold down and gave it to Autolycus he did not want to go with them. So he set out to go cash his gold as the rest of them went to deal with the tyrant kings, but he did not get far before he turned around and snuck into the palace and awaited the final battle. This was a really cool scene because Autolycus doesn’t reveal he is coming back after he sets off with all the gold. In the final scene the band of mercenaries attempt to save the small child and that is when Autolycus appears to help kill the guards.

Hercules and the band of mercenaries were met by too many guards for them to handle and were locked up in cages, Hercules was bound to a rock by multiple chains. He was forced to watch the woman who gave birth to the rightful heir to the throne of Tyrece be tied up for execution. As the executioner got ready to swing his axe, Hercules broke free from the rock with the power granted to him by his father, Zeus. Hercules killed the executioner with the rocks still attached to the chains and then was met by some wolves these same wolves had killed his wife back in Athens after he was drugged by the king. The king blamed Hercules for the murdering and then exiled him. Hercules transformed into his true god-like form in this scene. He ripped himself free from chains bound to thick concrete and managed to save a woman’s life in the process.

Hercules quickly broke the rest of his friends out of their cages and proceeded to find the woman’s son. They were too late, the king had already taken him and held him for ransom. The king wanted Hercules to lay down his weapons and bow down to him otherwise he would kill the young boy whom was the king’s grandson. Hercules stood there until Autolycus threw a few knives killing the two guards who held the boy. The young prince ran away to his mom under the cover from Tydeus, he protected the kid from arrows. Then Tydeus ran after the archers like a crazed animal and took some arrows to the chest that eventually killed him, but the kid was safe in his mom’s arms.

Hercules and the rest of the group retreated to the top of the parthenon for Athena, the protector of Tyrece. Athena was an enemy of Hercules since he was a kid. She gave him the twelve great labors, and once he had finished them, she would let him live in peace. Hercules used all of his strength to push the giant statue over onto the stairs and killed the king of Tyrece. Then after all the dust had settled, Hercules emerged from the smoke and commanded the army to kneel down and hail to their new king, the young prince. This scene was by far the best out of the whole movie. Hercules mustered up the strength, granted to him by Zeus, to push over the giant statue which managed to kill most of the army and strike fear into them. I loved this scene because it was well filmed and very well animated.

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  1. Caleb Johnson on December 6th, 2018 8:09 am

    Nice story Alex! I’ve never seen either of those movies, but they sound interesting from the way you described the. I like how you compared the two movies, and how most movies are completely off on the real story. Great Article!

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