With his combination of built-like-a-breeze block bulk and self-deprecating charm, Dwayne Johnson makes the perfect lead for this amiably tongue-in-cheek adventure. His Hercules is not the familiar demigod of legend but a warrior for hire with a trusty band of companions – Rufus Sewell and Ian McShane among them – and there’s always a down-to-earth explanation for seemingly supernatural events.

So when John Hurt’s beleaguered King of Thrace calls on Hercules and Co for help, what follows is a sword-and-sandal version of The Magnificent Seven. The ensuing battles are served up with vigour and flair, but it’s the cheesy jokes, delivered with panache by Johnson and his co-stars, that help make the film so ridiculously entertaining.