Let's start off by saying the
trailers did not make me want to go see this film. I didn't
like the look of the Hulk, especialy his face or even the
actor who plays Bruce. I watched the Hulk on TV in the 70's
but never read any of the comics. I decided to go with my
friend Hans, who was in town and also does film FX in L.A.,
so we could later joke about how bad the movie was. Well the
joke was on me...This movie really surprised me and is VERY
The first thing you notice in Hulk is the true adaptation
approach in that the credits have the same font as you see
in the comics. Then you start to see Panels appear on screen
that reminded me of Creepshow in the 80's. In the same way
Star Wars utilises many types of Wipes to change scenes, Hulk
does the same but in comic book style. And they work GREAT.
Sometimes you see in one window a helicopter in a perfect
blue sky, next to it in another box, a desert terrain in rusty
reds. It really looks like a comic. A lot of work and many
hundreds of storyboards must have gone into the planing of
the scene transitions.
The acting is excellent and could well be taken from any
dramatic film. Just because there are FX in the movie, doesn't
stop the actors from having real serious dialogue interaction.
Like in the style of X-Men but with less humour. Some parts
did make me wish I had a Fast Forward remote, the movie does
seem to go on and on at times, but in general would have been
good even if Hulk was Lou Ferigno :D - Check the Guard at
the begining of the movie. He looks the same as 30 years ago
- who needs CGI - LOL.
It takes about 40 minutes before you first see the Hulk.
Some shots he looks really great, others pretty videogamish.
Is that a word? :P The thing that really puzzles me is this...How
come when Bruce turns into the Hulk ALL his clothes rip apart
(because he turns 15 feet tall) yet his shorts fit perfectly?
Later on at night in the dark when he returns to Bruce, they
slip off as he shrinks. Yes...the gratuitous bum shot :P.
Yet later onwhen it's daylight, his pants shrink with his
skin instead of falling off? I guess sunlight can do wonders
for Spandex - LOL.
My fave scenes (highlight to see the spoilers) were
the Helicopter battle in the desert. The Tank scene was cool
too. I laughed when Hulk shakes the soldiers out of the tank
and then smashes it against the other. Very well done. The
Dog fight was ok but seemed to go on a little too long. I
wasn't so crazy about David's electrical transformation. Though
his scene where his hand merges with the objects he touches
was very very well done technically and visually interesting.
The thing that gets me though...If Hulk only appears when
bruce is angry, why shoot at him with tanks and Helicopters?
Why not just let him cool off in a corner and kill him when
he returns to human Bruce body? :D I guess the movie
would last only 15 minutes LOL.
In the end, I think I liked X-Men 2 better but I will buy
Hulk when it comes to DVD. If you are a comic book fan and
haven't yet seen this film, it is definetaly worth the admissions