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'Hercules' Shows Surprising Strength

  • Feb 15, 2011
Hercules is an unexpected surprise.  Besides sporting old-fashioned animation,which is flowing and not rubbery like much of the computer-generated full-feature films; it is a witty, fun, exhuberant, and visually solid experience.  Hercules is given the same, famiiliar story treatment of old Mythology, but this time he is the enemy of a blue-flamed Hades (played expertly by James Woods) as he sorts through love (as presented by Nut Meg) and all the labyrinthine tasks he must provide to save the universe from overthrow of Olympus by heretofor mentioned Hades and father, Zeus.  While the musical numbers are often soulful, they only work half the time, but the script is witty and crisp enough to accentuate the fine animation.  Danny Devito more than makes up any weaknesses as Hercules' trainer, and his one singing number taps into the comic, vocal singing talent of the late Jimmy Durante! 
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February 15, 2011
Wow Danny DeVito in an animated musical, I never thought I'd hear of that! Great write-up, John! Have you had a chance to check out @'s and @stevo's reviews of Hercules? You might have a good time checking them out!
February 15, 2011
Thanks for your encouraging comments, and so prompt, too! You betcha!
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I am a substitute teacher who enjoysonline reviewing. Skiing is my favorite pastime; weight training and health are my obsessions;and music and movies feed my psyche. Books are a treasure and a pleasure … more
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