Hulk, Dir: Ang Lee - Cert: 12A
Hulk is the latest addition to the marvel comics cinema conversion
trend. This attempt to capture the magic and spirit of the marvel stable
is directed by Ang Lee, mostly known for Crouching Tiger (but also directed
the excellent Eat Drink Man Woman and brilliant Ice Storm). This may sound
like quite a promising mix for what essentially is a run-of-the-mill comic
book, but I think the studio might have had other ideas.
With many of the big-budget, blockbuster comic book adaptations, a novel
approach is needed to make the cinematic experience more than just a mundane
conversion. The film must take on much of the directors own idiosyncrasies.
The successful attempts such as Batman Returns and both X-Men films are
a good comparison to the awful Spiderman, Daredevil and Batman & Robin.
Unfortunately much as I hate to say it, the Hulk falls into the latter
category. The story of the film places a scientist Bruce Banner (Eric
Bana) in the direct firing line of some deadly gamma rays. Strangely enough
Brucey Bonus survives this by some alterations done by his father (played
by Nick Nolte) to his physiology when Bruce was an infant.
The residual effect of the gamma rays means that when Bruce loses his
temper he transforms into a huge green beast that likes to smash stuff.
(Basically it seems that gamma rays have the same effect as losing car
keys or watching Big Brother).
Yet underneath that muscle-bound CGI exterior Bruce is still able to choose
between what he wants to break and what he doesnt. He rightly chooses
to protect his sort-of ex-girlfriend, the absolutely gorgeous Jennifer
Connolly but through various wranglings with her father, known as General
Moustache (played by Sam Shepherd) and young money-obsessed entrepreneur
played by Josh Lucas, he becomes a menace to society, (dont they
Half way through the film Nick Nolte also becomes a super-powered person
but due to a script error doesnt actually get a name, so I will
call him I Can Do Anything Type Person and Am Really Powerful, Look!
I Can Become Part Of The Floor, Man. I have heard rumours from Hollywood
that this is in fact a close approximation to his name but the original
name was longer.
Anyway for some reason Nick Nolte wants to rule the world, break things
and put the Generals Moustache seriously out of shape (wheres
a Remington when you need one) not to mention do some weird performing-arts
acting with Bruce in front of two bits of metal (Yes, it is that bad!).
I wont bother you with the climatic ending and tank-swinging, dog-bashing
special effects that happen in between, as youve probably seen them
on the trailer. Suffice to say that the plot, the script and the acting
all score very bad and it seems like the actors in almost every scene
are acting in a different film to one another. Or is that wishful thinking
on their part?
If you enjoyed Spiderman, Beetroot, Anchovies, Master Of Disguise and
Batman Forever you will enjoy this.
2/10 (and thats for Jennifer Connolly & Cara Buono)
So with that view,
why not take a look a look at the interview footage we have available
with the Hulk himself (or to be more precise, actor Eric Bana) and see
if he can explain himself.