Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Let's All Go to the Lobby!

Yesterday, I attended a screening of "The Incredible Hulk." I could not have been more disappointed. It seems they took everything from the first movie and went in the exact opposite direction with it. Ed Norton did a fine job as Bruce Banner by combining his own astute acting talents while channeling Bill Bixby. There are many subtle and not-so-subtle nods to the television series, including footage of "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" which starred Bixby, a cameo by Lou Ferrigno, as well as many discreet elements from the TV series (music, Banner's eyes right before he transforms, the way Banner's clothes rips, heck even the clothes Banner wears!). The special effects took a step backward from the first Hulk film. I felt there were times in Ang Lee's film that the Hulk looked real, that he was interacting with the elements and environment around him. Throughout the entire course of this new incarnation, I wondered to myself, "Why didn't they just make this a completely CGI movie?" This is a "will-see" for any comic fan, but definitely not a "must-see."

On a lightere note, I recently found myself watching "Commando" with K-Dub on a fine weekday evening. I think it was playing on Fox Movie Channel, which apparently does not edit the movies it features. Which is awesome. "Commando" is a great Schwarzenegger vehicle: explosions, rippling muscles, brutal hand-to-hand combat all mixed together with a mission to save his daughter. The music, the action, and Rae Dawn Chong create an excellent movie. The icing on this delicious cake can be seen below...

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