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4.0 out of 5 stars Long winded, but good nonetheless., 10 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Hulk [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
If you're a marvel comics fans like me then you will have already seen the movie adaptations of Spiderman and the X-men. The Hulk, however, was directed by Ang Lee and this is apparent from the fact that it is a very different film from the other marvel adaptations.
My main gripes with this film are as follows:
- Slow pace. Ang lee is not your common-or-garden hollywood blockbuster director, and this film takes quite a while to really get going. I also felt that the way David Banner originally becomes the Hulk lacked drama or excitement, which is a shame.
- Confusing plot. The plot is pretty convoluted compared to Spiderman, for example. It's not helped by the fact that the original Hulk story has been altered, so even Marvel afficionados will be in the dark. The climax to the film is so surreal i'm not sure what happened. However, once i've watched this film a few more times i'm sure things will be clearer.
- Lack of humour. This film takes itself a bit too seriously, especially considering its comic book origins.
Now, the bits that I like:
- Ang Lee has a fantastic ability to evoke emotions in the audience/viewer. He did it in 'Crouching Tiger..', he did it in 'Remains of the Day' and he's done it again for 'The Hulk'. I really felt sympathetic towards the Hulk/David Banner's plight, particularly when he was being pursued by the army. Lee has managed to portray the Hulk as a creature with unbelievable strength, but with all-too human frailties and vulnerabilities.
- Special Effects. The actual Hulk is fantastic, exactly how Marvel intended him to be in their comics. This isn't Lou Ferrigno in green make-up, it's a gi-normous monster capable of leaping over tall buildings with a single bound and tearing a tank apart with his bare hands. It's a real pleasure watching him in action.
- Action. When it eventually gets going, the action is great and has you on the edge of your seat. The chase through the desert canyons is beautifully done, a real accomplishment in a Hollywood Blockbuster which only the likes of Ang Lee are capable of.
To summarise, this is by no means a perfect movie but it is still a very good one. Just don't expect to absorb it all in one viewing like 'Spiderman', it may take a couple of views to really appreciate.
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