||June 20, 2003
||Action, Comic book adaptation
||Quick-cut title-splash, "From
||Syringe, assault rifles, helicopters,
handguns, shotgun, tanks, fighter jets, scary looking dogs,
scary looking beard, hand, big stuff the green guy throws.
|"In a world where..."
"When you're left with no choice..."
||30% (general story outline, lots of Hulk)
||80% (Gamma radiation, comic book adaptation,
Comic book lovers are in heaven. Comic book heroes are making it
to the screen in unprecedented numbers. X-Men, Spider-Man, Daredevil
and now the Hulk.
The trailers for The Hulk have caused more conversation than
most, because this time, instead of Lou Ferrigno painted green, we
have a completely computer-generated Hulk. CGI characters have come
a long way, but still aren't perfect. Interactions with the real
world pose the most difficulty.
In the Hulk's case, many have commented that he looks too cartoonish
and that the laws of physics in some of the scenes are being bent.
I would argue, however, that despite these flaws the choice of an
animated Hulk is the right one. I think the movie would suffer more
from a Hulk that was obviously a human in a costume.
This movie is suffering from an identity crisis. Much like the sequel
to X-Men, which was called X2, X-Men 2, X-Men United,
and X-Men 2: Electric Boogaloo, this movie doesn't know if
it wants to be called The Hulk or just Hulk. The official
credits and IMDB both say The Hulk, but the trailer and the
official site just say Hulk. I'd hate to see what happens
with the sequel.
Speaking of sequels, the trailer I reviewed was actually the fifth
trailer released. The earlier trailers all looked much worse than
this final trailer. I just hope we don't have to wait for (The)
Hulk Part 5 to see a good movie.
What's the deal with the actors that get to play Bruce Banner. First
it was Bill Bixby who has the same initials. Now it's Eric Bana playing
the Hulkster. Does your name have to be very similar to portray the
character? Hmm... Brian Briggs. Woohoo! I've got a shot.
Now to the big question, how do the Hulk's pants stay on? How is
that possible for only the calves of the pants to get ripped? Sure
I understand we don't want to see the big green weenie the whole
movie, but I hope they explain how the pants don't get ripped in
I haven't discussed the actual trailer very much, because the trailer
creators have made it very difficult. A slow motion run through the
trailer reveals 215 cuts in a 147 second trailer. This has to set
a record. The average scene is less than a second long. That's the
quick-cut cliché on speed. I hope the movie has a better sense
of pacing, or it's going to be exhausting.
The trailer did give me pause when the Hulk kept flying through
the air. I thought, "What if he becomes un-mad in mid-air? Would
he turn normal and SPLAT!?"
Conclusion on Trailer: If you're not epileptic it's a fun
trailer to watch.
Official Green Weenie
Conclusion on Movie: This is a tough call. The CGI could
ruin the entire film, but I can only hope the big screen version
looks better. With Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte playing roles and
Ang Lee directing, I'll give this one the benefit of the doubt.
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