Review: Hercules

Series: Disney Animated: #35

I somehow managed to never watch Hercules growing up. It just wasn’t one of the Disney movies we ever had.

Which is a bit of a bummer, since that’s quite a good time! Better late than never though.

On the upside:

  • Hercules is fun in a ‘big dumb hero’ role, but the real standout is Meg: oh she’s fun. Snarky and biting and in the end, you’re rootinf ro her all the same.

  • Hades is wonderful. He reminds me a lot of the Genie from Aladdin (5 years before)–and that’s a good thing.

  • There are more than a handful of more subtle grown up jokes that I’m sure I wouldn’t have gotten on a younger viewing. It’s fun when they get those in.

On the downside:

  • This … is not quite the stories you’d get in any other Greek myths. For the most part–it’s fine. Just ignore it and go along for the ride. The one that bums me out the most is Hades being the villain. But… he makes a really good one? 😄

Overall, up near the top of Disney animated films I’ve rated thus far, especially among the old guard. Middle of the road for this year, but that’s not a bad thing. I’ve just only seen a few good movies this year. 😄