I’ve just seen Hulk. It seems to be getting quite a bit of bad press, but I’m going to stick with my initial reaction and say that I’ll be surprised if we see a better
summer blockbuster this year. The plot was somewhat confused, but next to The Matrix Reloaded it seems to make perfect sense. Ang Lee demonstrates that he has 1000 times more style than McG could ever dream of, and, well, I’ll believe the good press about Terminator 3 when I see it.
It’s not what we’ve come to expect from a comic book adaptation, and neither is what we might expect from Ang Lee, but I’m not sure it was ever going to be, and I’m not sure that’s necessarily a bad thing. The CG character is, for the most part, convincing; the performances are great, and draw out the comic style in all the right places. And the use of split screens, framing and fast zooms to imitate the pages of a comic book succeeds in a way I’ve never seen before.
Chris had started a web site where he’s publishing some film reviews that he’s written. He didn’t like Hulk, but he doesn’t seem to have said that on there yet.