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Now OF COURSE, this list and what is said in it is highly subjective.
For the purpose of this list I am defining 2 kind of flaws:
- The technical flaw i.e. an obvious inconsistency
- The pffff flaw i.e. "why the hell did you write something so lame you unpredictable writer"
Note: I actually enjoyed many of these movies, I am just saying I felt like their potential was not fully used.
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Let's say I DEEPLY LOVE every single movie of the first page, I LOVE the movies of the second page and I REALLY LIKE the movies after the 2nd page.
The Legend of Hercules (2014)
A WONDERFUL Criticism Of Traditional Movie-Making
Oh boy. What a ride, so much greatness. Ed Wood would be proud.
The Legend of Hercules. This caustic comedy doesn't start at the minute 0 of the movie. The movie in itself is just the tip of the iceberg, to fully understand all the implications and subtlety of this story you have to be familiar with the background. This is NOT an easy movie. Just like Citizen Kane it's a movie you need to DESERVE, as it will not give itself to you too easily.
It all starts in a rocking chair next to a swimming-pool. Summer is shining, life is good, whiskey's on the rocks. Some old guy with sun glasses is on the phone, talking while playing Candy Crush.
"I'm telling you, people want a gladiator movie. Just like Gladiator, something like that! (Sweet.) Just freaking do something like the series Spartacus, or Rome, I don't (Tasty!) give a damn. I want the script in one week. (Sugar crush.)"
One week later 10 screenwriters come up with 10 different scripts. For a movie 10 times better, the guy in the rocking chair decides the movie will be a blend of the 10 scripts.
He puts 70 million dollars on the table.
The movie is now shot and it's kind of very bad, just how it was supposed to be. It doesn't matter anyway because people just have to go to the cinema once, it's alright if they don't like it and don't come a second time! HA!
Worried, some guy calls the money-guy in the rocking chair.
"-Hey, I've been thinking, we should use a famous name from the mythology in the title! It will bring more people!
-Eeeehhh, well to be honest I was thinking Hercules...
-Oh, alright then."
And so The Legend Of Hercules was born. This movie is not a story, it's money invested and hope for a return. If you make a bad movie but you hit some landmarks: Hercules, mythology, gladiators, somewhat-famous actors, then you'll probably make money.
You have to understand the true, deep nature of this movie. The Legend of Hercules is a cry for help, a poetry, a game-changer. The actual purpose of this movie is to impact the global industry, to make producers realize that, no, bad movies actually DON'T WORK, and they are not easy money.
A simple, honest, gladiator movie with no fake big name like Hercules, with no fake romance, with just a guy fighting and living in the roman empire would have made more money. It is time to leave the path of using the same recipe over and over again. This is the one and only message this movie conveys, successfully.
I hope you'll appreciate The Legend of Hercules as fully as I did.