Now this is what a comic book movie should feel like.
After struggling through the overrated Daredevil
and X2: X-Men United, I reluctantly walked into
The Hulk. Little did I know that I would not only
be witnessing one of the best comic book adaptations of all
time, but my favorite movie of the year so far, as well.
The Hulk combines a psychologically dark premise
with some big, booming action sequences and creates one of the
most ingenious and inventive movies I’ve seen in a very long
time. Director Ang Lee’s daringness and some pitch perfect
performances are what help it skyrocket to the top of the
heap. Oh, and the special effects? They’re comprised of
brilliant CGI, which creates one of the most realistic looking
characters in the history of film.
The story is both intelligent and
provoking; it attempts, and succeeds, to do much more than any
previous comic book movie has ever done. The screenplay is
extremely psychological, and likes to play mind-games with the
something that a film of this genre has never dared to do
before. This film has the qualities of a quiet, dialogue-based
drama, but has a big budget and giant summer-movie
advertising. This, alone, makes me very happy. For once,
mainstream audiences will witness something more than just Jim
Carey prancing around on a screen, pretending to be god.
The Hulk is truly one of the brainiest movies
I’ve seen in recent years. It’s just disguised as something
else in crazy and misinterpreted ad campaigns.
The acting is extremely strong, as
well. Jennifer Connelly is as good here as she was in
A Beautiful Mind. She plays Betty Ross, a woman devoted to
two men, each in a different way. One by blood—her father.
Another, through love—Bruce Banner a.k.a. “The Hulk." These
two are not battling for her love, but against each other.
One’s battle is offensive, the other's defensive. Connelly’s
way of showing the conflictive feelings of Betty is
remarkable. She is excellent in portraying the original
character from the comic book, and is currently the beholder
of the best performance of the year. Another excellent
performance comes from Nick Nolte, who plays Bruce’s father.
He hits all the right notes, and his character’s psychotic
moments are the highlight of his role and portrayal. Nolte is
finally getting back into acting and making decent films. I’m
happy for him. But the man who I’m extraordinarily elated for
is Eric Bana, who plays the lead—Mr. Banner, “The Hulk”
himself. His dignified performance should land multiple career
opportunities for him in the future. This was not an easy role
to play, but Bana pulls it off, with flying colors.
The teasers and trailers for
The Hulk are much different from the actual film.
I was considering not going and seeing this film at all, just
because of them. The several clips that the studio released
primarily featured a big green monster getting really, really
angry and throwing giant pieces of rubble at helicopters. This
only takes up about fifteen of the one-hundred thirty-eight
minutes of the film. The end result, however, is a haunting,
functioning, thinking masterpiece assembled by one of the
greatest directors alive today. The character “The Hulk” looks
a lot more real in the film than he does in the trailers, too.
This picture showcases CGI at its very best. Viewing
The Hulk is an extremely rewarding, and often incredible,
Few films lately have been able to
blow my mind, but against all odds, I am able to say that
The Hulk is one of these films. Don’t let it’s
big-budget, comic book appearance fool you–this is an
extremely psychological film that will make you
think. It succeeds on all levels; the acting, special effects,
direction, and script are all flawless. The Hulk
is a great film, which currently takes the title for my
favorite movie of the year. Let’s just hope that this isn’t
the only fantastic flick so far this summer, and that many
more releases follow in its footsteps.