138 Min | Action| July 2003
IMDB Rating: 5.7
Directors: Ang Lee
Starring: Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott
Hulk Review: Hulk is an excellent action/drama and science-fiction film based on the classic superhero (or antihero) The Incredible Hulk. Following the trend on the last years about recycling comic superheroes, Hulk’s turn became a very interesting alternative to other formulas used in several of these adaptations. After the critics towards Spiderman just scratching the surface of character development, and where other movies simply failed miserably (e.g. Daredevil), we should be grateful that we can finally see some depth in the main character as we’re used in the good comics.
Ang Lee’s direction shows his usual way of telling stories, in a sensitive and personal way. Instead of letting the movie drown in its limitless action possibilities, he conducted the story through a sensible path. The editing work, which remarkably resembles comic frames in many scenes, and contains some awesome transitions, is simply wonderful.
And all this not forgetting Hulk’s main point a green, angry mass of power and destruction. Hulk has some of the best action scenes I’ve seen lately, which makes me wonder what is expecting some people who blame Hulk for its lack of massive fights against entire armies. And also showing some of Hulk’s main weaknesses, keeping the character real and not entering the area of fantasy.
One side of this movie that people also seems to throw tantrums about, is the refurbishing of Hulk’s origins. The story of Bruce Banner’s transformation has been updated with including today’s technology, and making it in my humble opinion much more interesting and ‘believable’ than the original. The comic like split screens, the freeze frames; all of this was brilliant. What makes Hulk good, is just how different it is to others, as well as other comic book films.