Everything Guardians of the Galaxy gets right with its mix of action and comedy, Hercules botches.
The story is fairly straightforward, and, more importantly, so is much of the action.
The battle scenes, though rousing, fall short of epic. But it's reliably fun to watch - up until the brutish, smudgy conclusion ...
It simply fails to exploit its assets: an amusing, revisionist take on the mythological strongman, and the charisma of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
"Hercules" heaves and grunts along, interrupted by battle scenes that are visually impressive (when's the last time you saw someone pick up a horse and throw it?) but emotionally uninvolving.
The movie is plagued by a split identity: It's half-slog, half-Mel Brooks.
A big-budget misfire of a sizeable order, a visually busy but emotionally dead endeavor that wearies the viewer with endless computer generated special effects while failing to provide a scintilla of human interest.
A surprisingly satisfying blend of action, adventure and swift plotting.
Give "Hercules" this much: It knows what it is.