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Friday, May 30 12:00 AM EST

Trailer Review: The Hulk

By Brian Briggs


Starring Eric Bana
Jennifer Connelly
Director Ang Lee
Official Site Link
US Opening June 20, 2003
Rated PG-13
Genre Action, Comic book adaptation
Trailer Clichés Quick-cut title-splash, "From director..."
Explosions 9
Weapons Syringe, assault rifles, helicopters, handguns, shotgun, tanks, fighter jets, scary looking dogs, scary looking beard, hand, big stuff the green guy throws.
Voiceover Yes
"In a world where..."

"When you're left with no choice..."

Spoilage Factor 30% (general story outline, lots of Hulk)
Geek Factor 80% (Gamma radiation, comic book adaptation, Jennifer Connelly)
See Trailer? Yes
See Movie? Yes

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 the movie.

Hulk-a-mania it's insania!

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.

The 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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