As mentioned previously, I saw Hulk Sunday night. I liked it a lot.
I loved Ang Lee’s direction. There’s a lot of subtle directing in the film, from spacious wide shots to claustrophobic scenes of characters pacing and cogitating. Lee knows exactly what he’s doing and how to get across a particular mood.
He’s also inventive with his use of “comic book panels;” the screen will occasionally divide into multiple panels, each of which shows something different. This is usually used when there’s a lot happening at once, or the action is complex, so you can see the action from multiple angles. Once, though, it’s used to convey a lot of information at once; we see the same scene from three different perspectives, and we see two characters’ eyes meet in a way that would be much more jarring if it were intercut.
The movie also does an excellent job of pacing out the Hulk’s appearances; rather than have him go on a rampage for ten minutes, he busts up in relatively short bursts throughout the film. This is good; otherwise the film would’ve been incredibly boring as it lead up to that
The actors all put in excellent performances. Eric Bana as Bruce Banner managed to act like a severely emotionally repressed man, which is quite a job. Nick Nolte stole every scene he was in. And I love Jennifer Connelly. There’s something about her acting style that’s always clicked with me, that I respond to on some deep level, going all the way back to Labyrinth. My only complaint was Josh Lucas’ Talbot, who was a painfully
And I thought that the Hulk himself looked good. Some have complained that he looked weird, but as another reviewer put it, what else would a huge green monster look like?