Sunday, June 04, 2006

DVD Review: (not so incredible) HULK

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Well, I just finished Ang Lee's HULK -- and I don't know where to begin! Do I start with the acting (fair)? The "comic book style" shots [picture in picture, split screens, multi-scene shots, etc] (ugh!)? The lame non-story that tries to be "deep" (ew)? Hmmmmm...maybe you get the picture or, in this case, maybe you shouldn't!

Ang Lee's HULK is just a plain mess - the film attempts to be some sort of serious drama with the HULK as the centerpiece in place of a menacing villain. Instead of radiation turning Bruce Banner into the Hulk, it's some hooey about nanobots, etc. It's all too silly. The CGI Hulk is not very convincing - how can human sized Bruce Banner become as large as a skyscraper when he becomes the HULK? And, then, to top things off, this HULK can "leap" 3-4 miles at a time! There's a scene in the desert where the HULK is leaping between moutains - practically flying - it's all too silly. The story line is sloooow.....really, this was a mess and it all runs OVER 2 hours!! Sorry, Ang, but this one is a dud.

The Hulk was never my favorite of the Marvel Comics characters, but I still would have enjoyed a quality, yet fun Hulk movie (which didn't  rely so much on CGI) in the spirt of the recent Spiderman/X-Men series. For now, I'll recommend checking out the TV series with Bill Bixby (Bruce Banner) and Lou Ferrigno (Hulk). Speaking of Lou, there's a deleted scene which featured a cameo of Ferrigno as a security officer. Too bad they didn't keep it in the film!

Another 2 of 5 stars movie!

Have you seen HULK or perhaps the original TV series "The Incredible Hulk"? Which did you prefer? Which is your favorite Marvel superhero? Leave us a comment and share your thoughts!

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