Smite Down The Mortals in These 6 Greek Myth Movies
The Greek myths are some of the best and most inventive stories ever told. Not only are there morals and wonderful details, there are also Gods, monsters, mortals, immortals, and all types of Godly machinations. Throughout the years, Hollywood has continued to tap the Greek mythology world, adapting the very best myths into films, many of which have proven to be successful. It seems that flicks about the Greeks are always coming out, but the six on this list are some of the very best to have ever hit the big screen. Call down the wrath of Zeus and smite the mortals!
Kirk Douglas starred in this Greek mythology movie as Ulysses, which was probably what prepared him to play Spartacus in one of his best-known roles. Anthony Quinn also stars and for the time, this was a pretty good portrayal of the book of the Odyssey, following Ulysses' road back to Ithaca after the Trojan War. It is definitely due for a remake, provided the filmmakers adhere to the story and don't bloat the movie with unnecessary spectacle (they will).
"Oedipus the King"
The last book in the Oedipus series of myths, this movie from 1968 tells the story of Oedipus fulfilling the prophecy that caused his parents to abandon him in the first place. It stars Christopher Plummer and Orson Welles and was relatively well-received. However, a much better version could be done today with the scale and effects that are available. Sigmund Freud would be proud to see his Oedipal complex play out on the silver screen!
"Hercules in New York."
Undoubtedly one of the weirder, yet funnier, Greek mythology movies ever made, "Hercules in New York" tells the same story its title puts forward. As it was made in 1970, it stars none other then Ah-nold himself, as an incredibly young and buff Mr. Universe. It's not exactly an accurate depiction of how the Greeks saw this myth being played out, but you can't argue with Schwarzenegger as Hercules, and it's likely that audiences couldn't argue, either!
"Clash of the Titans."
The original version of this film was made in 1981 and starred Laurence Olivier and Maggie Smith, with great costumes, action and a basic adherence to the original story of Perseus. It was good enough to encourage a remake in 2010, though the new Hollywood version has many more excellent special effects. Each movie stands out in its own way, with the new film being all about spectacle, and the old film being all about a good story. Choose either, or better yet, choose both!
Animated feature films are the highest grossing and also generally the best movies that are released throughout the year, and this version of "Hercules" is no exception. It is a Disney movie and has all the charm those movies have, while at the same time accurately telling the story of Hercules, censored a bit for children of course. There are both catchy songs and memorable characters throughout, voiced by famous actors. There are quite a few laugh-out-loud moments throughout, for both children and adults.
An ambitious summer blockbuster that starred Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, and Orlando Bloom, "Troy" attempted to tell the story of the Trojan War with the infamous trojan horse filled with men who turned the entire battle around for the other side. While this movie is well-shot and features beautiful set pieces, it goes on a bit too long and was a little melodramatic, which ultimately bothered many people. Perhaps it would have been cooler if Eric Bana and Orlando Bloom just transformed into The Incredible Hulk and Legolas. Those armies wouldn't have stood a chance.