Disney’s Hercules – Viewing Journal Questions
How does the film adapt Hercules’ birth and childhood story? Do you believe
these are ‘acceptable’ adaptations?
What do you think of Disney’s depictions of the Greek gods and goddesses?
The scene in which Hercules meets Megara represents a conflation of a number of
Herculean myths – list the various references to the ancient material in this scene
and comment on how this material has been adapted.
In response to these questions, remember to comment on the points of similarity AND
difference between ancient myth and the film. There should also be consideration of the
intended audience of the film in your answer
Hercules (2014) – Viewing Journal Questions
You have now watched two film adaptations of the Hercules story – in your
opinion, was one more ‘accurate’ to the ancient material than the other? If so,
what made it more ‘accurate’?
Building on your response to Q1, did increased ‘accuracy’ directly lead to a
‘better’ film? (or – to put it another way – was your favourite film of the two the
more accurate one? If so, why? If not, why not?)
How does this film represent the concept of “heroism”? Does this differ from the
Disney conception of Greek heroism? You should consider the intended audience
of both of the films in your answers
Troy (2004) – Viewing Journal Questions
Read the selections of the
Iliad posted in the ‘additional readings’ folder. How
accurately does the film capture these key moments of the narrative?
The film drastically condenses the timeline of the events of the Trojan War – in
your opinion, how does this condensed timeline effect our interpretation of the
unfolding events? Do you think this was a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ choice for the
Spartacus (1960) – Viewing Journal Questions
There are only two questions this week because they will each require extended
The figure of Spartacus is both a gladiator and a slave – in what ways does the
film explore the intersection of these two sides of his character? Remember to
include specific examples of scenes from the film in your analysis.
Do you think the film is a ‘call for revolution’? Or, to put it another way, is the
figure of Spartacus in the movie a ‘revolutionary hero’? You should consider the
historical context of the time of production and support your answer with
examples from the fil