Disney’s Hercules Review by Eugene Alejandro

Walt Disney’s Hercules is a 1997 animated feature film musical very loosely based on the Greek Myths of Hercules. The movie is more specifically about Hercules’s journey into a becoming a hero so that he can re-unite with his original family back in Olympus while facing off against the evil Hades.

With this movie being made and released by Walt Disney Pictures despite being about the Greek character; Hercules, this movie adaptation is toned down in order to appeal to a family audience. Despite that however, this movie still manages to be a very enjoyable movie thanks to a lot good aspects about it that help make it a very fun film.

The most obvious good part of this movie is the animation. The art design was done by the legendary Gerald Sarfe, and the way Disney handled it works well for this movie as a lot of the character designs are very unique and creative, and the movements are very solid (the background work is also awesome).

Another good part about this film is that while the entire voice acting is very good, James Woods as Hades really steals the show as its clearly shown that he matches the character of Hades very well, and turns in some very fun dialogue to listen to.

While the musical numbers aren’t bad, I wouldn’t say I enjoyed them either as while the songs were good, they weren’t all too memorable for me.

So while this movie is a very toned-down version of Greek Mythology (more specifically about Hercules), Walt Disney Pictures still managed to make a very entertaining movie adaptation of the classic Greek hero that both children and adults will enjoy thanks to its beautiful animation, and amazing voice acting (most notably by James Woods).

I give this movie Two Thumbs Up, and 4/5 Stars.

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Jason And The Argonauts Review Eugene Alejandro

Jason And The Argonauts is a 1963 epic fantasy movie featuring stop motion special effects by the legendary Ray Harryhausen, and is based on the Greek Legend of Jason’s journey to find the golden fleece.

Without making too many comparisons for the sake of this review, Jason And The Argonauts does follow the original Greek Myth pretty well despite some very small changes, but the way this film is made doesn’t really affect that aspect as Jason And The Argonauts is still a very fun and enjoyable movie.

With Ray Harryhausen being the person who made the special effects for this film using stop motion tactics, its no surprise that this aspect of the film is the most memorable part about it as the stop motion effects are a spectacle to look at with each creation made by them still holds up to even this day.

The acting is a part of this movie that gets ignored a lot, so allow me to mention for this review that all the performances from the entire cast is very solid and helps make the movie amazing.

Jason And The Argonauts truly succeeds in being a part of Ray Harryhausen’s filmography as it is a very awesome movie to own on Blu Ray as even a lot of the bonus content and special features are great to check out. To all fans of Ray Harryhausen, please give this movie a watch.

I give Jason And The Argonauts 5/5 Stars, and Two Thumbs Up.

Immortals Gods And Heroes Graphic Novel Review by Eugene Alejandro

Disclaimer: This is going to be a very short review. Just want anyone who reads this to know that.

Immortals: Gods And Heroes is a graphic novel anthology that serves as a prequel to the Immortals movie (to clarify, each story in this anthology is set before the events of the film). It is officially published by Archaia Entertainment and many of the stories featured are each done by different creative teams.

To be fully honest, there isn’t much that I can really about this graphic novel since its an anthology, but what I still say is that for what it is, its a very solid tie in to the movie as each of the stories very much do feel canon to what takes place before the main story of the movie. My only nitpick is that even for an anthology, some of the stories do feel too short, but they are well-written, so I shouldn’t complain.

While Immortals: Gods And Heroes isn’t anything special, its still an interesting read if you are a fan of the movie like I am, and want to know more about the world and characters and even the movie didn’t mention. Just keep in mind that this graphic novel anthology is intended for mature readers (18 and above).

I give Immortals: Gods And Heroes Two Thumbs Up, and 4/5 Stars.

Immortals Movie Review by Eugene Alejandro

Immortals is a 2011 action fantasy movie directed by Tarsem Singh, and noticeably stars Henry Cavil, Micky Rourke and Freida Pinto. This movie is an extremely different and loose adaptation of Greek Mythology as while characters such as Theseus, Hyperion, The Olympians, and The Titans appear in the film, they are interpreted in a way that differentiates from how they originally were in Greek Mythology (which isn’t a bad thing really as even Greek Mythology has been changed a lot in the past before media entertainment came into existence).

The main plot of Immortals is that a mad king named Hyperion wants to release The Titans from Mount Tartarus as an act of revenge against The Gods (the reason for such is explained in the movie, but is actually shown in the prequel graphic novel anthology that I will also be reviewing). While The Gods themselves cannot interfere with humanity, they choose Theseus to be their hero in order to put an end to Hyperion’s reign of terror.

The best and most memorable experience of me seeing this movie is when both me and my father saw it in theaters when it first came out back in 2011. Which is why even to this day, I have such good memories with it to where I can say that it is one of my all-time favorite films. I must mention however, that if you are going into this film expecting it to be very accurate to Greek Mythology, you sadly won’t enjoy it as it makes lots of changes to some of the characters and story elements. But I really didn’t mind as I found Immortals to be Tarsem Singh’s very interesting and unique take on Greek Mythology despite being so different.

The biggest highlight to point out for this movie is the fantastic visuals and special effects as it makes the film look very beautiful (and even more so on Blu Ray). Tarsem Singh in his own very words did say that this movie is “done in Renaissance painting style”, and it very much shows as some shots in Immortals truly do feel like they are canvas paintings you’d see in art museums. The costumes presented in the film are great to look at as a lot of time and effort was put into making them look very detailed with great designs.

Other positive aspects in Immortals include the acting and music, but if I really had to mention some negative aspects of the film it would have to be the story, and some of the character development shown in the movie. To clarify, the character development and story aren’t horrible, but regarding the plot, it isn’t anything new and its too simple even for a movie loosely based on Greek Mythology. The character development is also sometimes very weak as the movie doesn’t take too much time to explore some of their backgrounds and motivations. However those are only two things that I can safely say I didn’t link about Immortals.

While Immortals isn’t a film for everybody, it is still a very well-made piece of entertainment that despite its flaws, is truly enjoyable for what it is. I should also mention that the Blu Ray does come with some very cool extras and bonus features, and that this movie is rated R.

I give Immortals 5/5 Stars, and Two Thumbs Up.

Minotaur Movie Review by Eugene Alejandro

Minotaur is a 2006 horror film based on the Greek legend of Theseus and The Minotaur, and it is directed and produced by Jonathan English, and stars Tom Hardy in the leading role. This movie is very much a standard interpretation of the classic myth, but it does add some of newer things to it to keep it different, but I don’t wanna say too much as that would result in me spoiling this film (which is NOT what I want to do for this review.)

While this movie is nothing revolutionary regarding films based on Greek Mythology, it is still very entertaining in its own right thanks to some good elements that help keep it watchable. The acting, pacing, and overall writing are done pretty well, and even though the Minotaur itself isn’t seen too much, the effects used are still very solid as I didn’t mind the way it looked for this film.

My biggest nitpick (even though it is a very small aspect to this movie) is that Theseus in this movie is actually called “Theo”. While I understand that this film is suppose to have its own version of the myth of Theseus and The Minotaur, I still found it very odd that Theseus true name wasn’t used and instead replaced by a very generic one that just sounds out of the place in my opinion.

While 2006’s Minotaur isn’t groundbreaking by any stretch of the means, it is still a very fun horror film to check out and while it isn’t perfect (no movie is with all honesty), there is still a lot of enjoyment to had with this movie for sure.

I give Minotaur (2006) Two Thumbs Up, and 4/5 Stars.

Kill The Minotaur Review by Eugene Alejandro

Kill The Minotaur is a six part comic book mini series published by both Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment, and is written by Chris Pasetto & Christian Cantamessa, and features artwork by Lukas Ketner (pencil and inking work) & Jean-Francois Beaulieu (digital coloring).

Without going into any spoilers, Kill The Minotaur is a re-telling of the classic Greek myth of Theseus and The Minotaur, but adds a lot of newer twist and elements in order to have it stand out from many other re-tellings.

Before I mention all of the positive aspects, I want to point my biggest nit-pick with Kill The Minotaur which is the lettering. Now to clarify what I mean by this is that while the lettering by Clem Robbins is very solid to look at, since Kill The Minotaur takes place in Ancient Greece, I felt that all the characters should’ve had translation notes in their speech bubbles since it would’ve been much more realistic to have them speaking Greek as opposed to English.

Another nit-pick that I just remembered for this review is that while the ending isn’t terrible, it sadly ends up not tying up a lot of loose ends as not much is explained within the overall plot.

Now on to the positives. The most notable (in my opinion) is the artwork as the Ancient Greek setting is represented with great amount of detail as it truly does feel like a story set during that time period. With this being a six issue mini series, the story moves at a very good pace, and since I was able to finish reading it all in one day, that truly is an accomplishment.

So if you are somebody who is interested in reading someone else’s unique take on a well-known Greek Myth, please give Kill The Minotaur a read as I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

I give Kill The Minotaur 5/5 Stars, and Two Thumbs Up.

Dusu: Path of The Ancient Review by Eugene Alejandro

The Dusu: Path of the Ancient Kickstarter-exclusive hardcover is a collection of the the four issue mini series published by Stranger Comic’s Asunda imprint that I got as an extra reward for backing the Kickstarter for the Niobe: She is Life Kickstarter (which in case you don’t already know, I have made a review for Niobe: She is Life already).

Dusu: Path of the Ancient is written by Sebastian A. Jones and Christopher Garner, illustrated by James C Webster who does most of the art while Darrell May once again serves as the layout artist like he did for The Untamed: A Sinner’s Prayer, and Niobe: She is Life. The lettering is also done by A Larger World Studios (coming back from their previous work on Niobe: She is Life).

The story in Dusu: Path of the Ancient is about a human male who is raised by a native tribe of Elves. Although he is member of the tribe, he is mostly looked down upon by some of the other members because of the fact that he’s a human. Despite this, get is gifted with powers that allow to literally unleash his inner animal which he will have to use in order to stop a very evil and powerful man who also has spiritual powers (this review is spoiler free, so I won’t reveal too much details about the plot).

The world building for the Asunda Universe continues to get even better thanks the incredible writing in Dusu: Path of the Ancient. Sebastian A. Jones truly has created a unique and fascinating fictional world since he knows how you write good stories about them. This story works well as a four part mini as the sets up the characters very well, builds the conflict, and ends everything on a good note. Although I will say that I found the ending a bit confusing.

Of all the Asunda Titles from Stranger Comics that I have read so far, the artwork in Dusu: Path of the Ancient is in my opinion the most beautiful looking comic of them all, and that is thanks to the painted art style of James C. Webster. Now I will be honest and admit that there are some panels in which the artwork looks a bit smudged, but the rest of art in my opinion is fantastic to look at.

The different styles of lettering in this comic are also very good. I honestly can’t say too much about it, but what I will say that the way the lettering looks is that reading this comic will be very easy thanks to it.

As with the Niobe: She is Life hardcover, this hardcover comes with at least two bonus stories as well at the end with one of them being an entire first issue of Erathune, as well as a random Tales of Asunda story afterwords. This hardcover collection also has a gallery of cover art, sketches, etc at the end.

While I can only recommend Dusu: Path of the Ancient who older readers because of the mature content featured in it, it is still worth reading as it serves as another good reason as to why the Asunda Universe deserves a lot of attention within the comics industry.

I give Dusu: Path of the Ancient 5/5 Stars, and Two Thumbs Up.