Hercules in New York is a silly but extremely fun film about Hercules, son of Zeus, who has grown bored with life on top of Mount Olympus.
He escapes to New York, where he makes new friends and wows everyone with his amazing strength. However, Zeus is angry at Hercules’ disobedience, and his wife, Juno, who has always hated Hercules, seizes her chance to make life on earth as hard for him as she can.
Who else but Arnold Schwarzenegger could play the title role of Hercules? The iconic figure is seemingly made for the role, and the recognisable face (and figure) helps to carry the film. He is lovable and funny, and no chance is missed for Arnie to rip off his shirt and flex his muscles.
The film itself is silly and has some major technical issues: such as day filmed as night, out of focus shots, and the fantastic scene where Hercules fights a bear (or rather someone in a bear suit). But the film is so lovable that these issues are easily overlooked. It is fantastically cheesy and over the top, from the acting to the music to the screenplay, but it is so much harmless fun that it is hard to hold any of it’s many weaker points against it. Schwarzenegger makes the film, and you come away from it with a huge grin on your face. Hercules in New York is extremely silly, but fantastic fun.