I wasn’t expecting much from Hercules. Films about Greek mythology tend to be distinctly underwhelming things, relying on awkward CGI, strange backstories, and shirtlessness. Disney’s Hercules was pretty much the high point.
I was even less excited when I realised that the titular role was being played by the Rock, Dwayne Johnson. I’ve nothing against the actor in question, and quite like several of his films (though cars don’t really do much for me). However, his casting seemed indicative of exactly the kind of film I didn’t want: dumb, loud, and with little respect for the source material.