- THE THING: This movie: Hulk.
- THE HAIKU REVIEW:
Amidst a flurry
of comic book-based movies
another good one!
- THE FULL REVIEW:
OK, the commercials had me worried. The Hulk guy looked goofy! He was way too huge, and seemed to look different sizes in different places in the previews. He seemed over-exaggerated...
I'm not sure if they were just showing the most outrageous shots of Hulk, or it was different in context, but I thought he looked pretty realistic in the movie itself. Well, as realistic as a man mutated into an eleven-foot growling monster can look.
I should admit: I am not a comic book junkie at all. I did watch the Hulk show on occasion in the late 1970's, but I was a bunch younger then. I don't remember all of the ins and outs of the characters, but I did enjoy watching some big green guy beat up stuff, and I also enjoyed the confusion the general public shared about why his pants ripped from the knees down, but the rest of it, covering his naughty bits, stayed on.
Not to ruin anything, but his pants stay on, for the most part, in the movie adaptation, too.
In short, I liked it. I thought the effects were done well, and overdone just enough to be groovy. The acting wasn't too bad, for a comic book movie. The editing and screen effects were brilliant -- the screen often had a comic-book-page-panel effect, sometimes showing different scenes occurring simulataneously ("Meanwhile..."), and some showing different angles of the same scene. There were dissolves and blends and other transition effects and camera angles that just added to the comic-book styling. There was one tiny stylistic moment that I thought was distracting (look for a guy getting engulfed in flames -- I won't spoil anything by saying any more), but besides that it was great eye candy. The way he jumped through the air was just great -- he would bound from place to place like he had the ultimate control over the muscles he was putting to the test (why couldn't they jump like that in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon?!? Why do they flail their legs like they're hanging from strings?!? Oh, wait. They are hanging from strings.)
If you want to see a big guy break stuff, and actually have some pretty interesting background story, with some large scale battles, you will like Hulk. It was honestly quite a bit more than I thought it was going to be.
Final Score on the Chris Worth Scale: $8.85. That's a bargain if you hit a matinee! It's a perfect summer movie.