Lets start with the battle scenes. They were the worst filmed battles I’ve seen in decades. The cinematography was bland, and the choreography was redundant. I honestly got bored during the battle in the village and thought, “How much longer can this go on?”
“Troy” had it’s flaws but they nailed the battle/fight scenes. If a director can’t think of anything original then I’d suggest they do their best to emulate the style of “Troy.”
There was a suitable amount of levity added to the movie. Fortunately that’s one of Dwayne Johnson’s best talents so those scenes worked well.
Movies that involve mythic stories can go either one of two ways: acknowledge that the myths are only the beliefs of the people, such as in “Troy,” or they can treat them as real, “Clash of the Titans” style. I think the biggest mistake they made in “Hercules” is trying to mix the two. I’m not talking about Hercules himself and whether he’s actually half god, but how they built up the antagonist in the beginning. Especially the soldiers they fought in the first battle. It was presented that they were under some spell by the antagonist, and they fought that way, but then…well, I don’t want to give anything away but that really doesn’t fit with the rest of the story.
Maybe the writers forgot which direction they were going with the myth/reality thing and confused themselves. Or maybe they were just tired of rewrites and decided to just go with it. Whatever the case may be, the story needed more work. And that’s a shame, because there’s the scaffolding here for a really good story. It just needs a little more work.