First, the non-spoiler review:
*** out of ****
Finally, a movie that didn’t spoil it’s main storyline at all in its trailers. Now, on to the review.
It was good and very daring. This movie is a very serious drama instead of an action movie, which will most likely not produce good word of mouth from the “high school boy” audience. I think Hulk comic readers will appreciate that their hero has been taken(very) seriously. There is action in it, but that is not the driving force of the movie.
Comic book fans as a whole will probably appreciate that the movie is serious. Some will consider it too serious, however. On some level, this movie is dark and disturbing. It’s not an entirely “fun” movie to see. It’s depressing.
As soon as I heard Ang Lee was directing this movie, I wondered what he would do. He has made an Ang Lee movie, through and through. This is the least studio comic book debut movie I’ve seen. Ang Lee definately had final cut on this movie.
Oh, the whole “does Hulk look real” question becomes more or less irrelevant, since the movie is not(IMHO) a special effect extravaganza. He looks far more real than a robot or a guy in a suit would look and I believed it the whole time.
This is definately a movie that will divide crowds. The “mindless masses” will dislike, even hate it, but people who like Ang Lee and like dramas will enjoy it. It does have a few “WTF moments”, but it works.
If you have any questions, please feel free to post them. If they are spoiler related, I’ll mark my spoilers.
Okay, now for the more spoiler kind of review, mostly questions about the plot and comments:
[spoiler] 1. Absorbing Man(from now, AM) is Bruce’s father? Wow, I think Hulk fans might not like this idea.
I’m also a little unclear on how exactly Hulk killed AM. Did he force the AM to take all of Hulk’s strength? I know he was trying to take his strength so he could survive the energy absorbtion, but I just don’t get what happened to him. I will pay closer attention the second time(after it’s released nationwide).
The scene near the end between Bruce’s dad and him was amazing! Great acting. Nick Nolte deserves a supporting actor nomination at the Academy Awards. He was great all the way through.
The first hour of the story felt a little forced. The Hulk Dog segment was lame(though it was cool how he ripped that dog in half). Splat!
The final scene in the movie is great. I just liked the pacing of it.
I would say that even if you don’t like the entire first hour, stick with it until the second half. It gets better and has a great final 40 minutes or so. [/spoiler]