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    Monday, June 16, 2008

    HULK SMASH!!!

    Marvel Entertainment has (FINALLY!!!) found the right formula for their movies.
    I was going to write a review of their latest effort but Brigid Fitch beat me to it.
    Here is her review and then some more noise from me.

    "Wow. Almost as good as Iron Man, but that's just
    because Robert Downey, Jr. is that much better an
    actor (and he's got more of a fun character to play).
    I was watching the movie, though, and realized that I
    know much less about Hulk than I did Iron Man. We all
    know the back-story because we watched the TV series,
    but other than that, there's not really that much
    substance. (Bill attests to this, calling the Hulk
    comic book a "monster of the week" kind of thing.
    Banner finds sanctuary in some mid-western town, gets
    found by General Ross, Hulks out, escapes, and moves
    on. Rinse, repeat.)

    What I REALLY liked about this movie (other than the
    Bruckheimer/Woo-like fight scenes & explosions) was
    that there's a LOT of references to both the comic and
    the TV series (they even play the "Hulk walking-away"
    music from the series at one point. Oh, and not only
    does Bill Bixby make a cameo, so does Lou Ferrigno.
    He has a part in the movie AND does the voice of
    Hulk.) Doc Samson is in it, Tony Stark makes an
    appearance--it's a fanboy's dream. Oh, and did I
    mention really cool fight scenes & explosions?

    Try to ignore the Hulk CGI, though. That's the only
    downside. Otherwise, it's well-scripted, Ed Norton is
    phenomenal, and Liv Tyler is--well, it's not her fault
    that Betty Ross has always been pretty 1-dimensional
    in the comics. But she does get a couple of really
    good scenes.

    The best I can describe the movie for this group: Ang
    Lee's version was like Star Trek: The Motion
    Picture--Artsy & sentimental. This version is like
    Wrath of Khan--suspenseful, gripping, action-packed,
    but still pauses for brief emotional moments.

    Go see it. Really."


    - Brigid Fitch

    That was everything I was going to say anyway, except that she fails to mention that we get to see what looks like the birth of the Marvel villain 'The Leader' but otherwise she's on the money.
    So consider the rest of this a bonus.
    Marvel seems to have finally cracked the code on how to take these character from their existing medium and bring them onto the large screen. It's really exciting to see them putting this all together and I'm really looking forward to "The Avengers".
    Will they take on Thor? If they do will they show Asgard?
    The fundamentalist will love that!
    I think that in the Hulk we saw a little bit of what Captain America might look like when they get around to him. I'm really enjoying and looking forward to talking seriously about the various comic book legends and how they will be re-imagined this time around. I know I have some friends who really hate all this, so let me just warn you now; when the conversation turns to such weighty issues as the virtues of Vibranium as opposed to Adamantium, or the true history of Mjolnir - Thor's Hammer, or the nature of the Silver Surfer's 'power cosmic' I will not back down. I will wade into the conversation like Hercules wading into an alien bar fight.

    'nuff said!

    2 comments:

    Lance said...

    Frank;

    The Hulk comic has been far more than a "monster of the week" series for several years now--especially back in the day when John Byrne took the reins or during Peter David's triumphant length of command. We found out exactly WHY the Hulk exists, what would happen if Bruce Banner's humanity was not a divining influence within the Hulk's personality, and even a couple of differing "final tales" of how the Hulk might actually die one day.

    And yes--Marvel is doing a Thor movie(insert "YES!!" here). And it looks like they're taking the right approach and treating his background and settings--primarily in Asgard--with the same seriousness as The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Meaning we'll get to see Odin, Sif, the Warriors Three and Thor kicking lots of Frost Giant behind!

    Now, if only Marvel studios will do the right thing and stop dicking around Jon Favreau on whether he'll direct Iron Man 2 or not...

    c-collins said...

    I miss Tech TV when you and Patrick talk about this stuff. Now I have nothing to derail the conversation with. Bah!!