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Month of Superhero Film Reviews: Hulk

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Day #18 of my Month of Superhero Film Reviews! During this month I’ll be reviewing of some of the best and worst comic book adapted films. Now it is time for me to talk about one of my most loathed films ever, this film is just one that not only insults me as a superhero fan but as film fan in general. I am of course talking about the filth that is Hulk.

I knew this day was coming, I just didn’t want to come. This is one of those films you don’t talk about in a casual manner, its one of those films that you kill, bury in the back yard and never speak of ever again. But for the sake of this review series I will go back through hell for your reading pleasure. Prepare yourself, I may go a bit mental…

In terms of the plot it goes a little something like this:

“Bruce Banner is different from everyone else. While working on a new technology to accelerate the healing process in animals, he is exposed to gamma radiation. Instead of killing him, the radiation turns him into the Hulk, a mindless green behemoth. General Ross is tasked to contain the monster before it can endanger San Francisco.” 

The story was very different from the comics and had a lot of elements I wasn’t expecting. There was a heavy focus on Bruce Banner’s father, David Banner which I didn’t appreciate at all because it was so depressing and diverted the story away from the main star Bruce Banner himself. A lot of the time I was just watching the film but not really caring about what was going on. I really wasn’t keen on this version of Bruce’s origin story. I understand that the source material is hard to convert into live-action but to see so many different, strange and disgusting modifications to one of my favourite childhood comic characters was really crappy.


Now let’s talk about the cast. Eric Bana as Dr. Bruce Banner/Hulk. Bana is a good actor, but I don’t think he was right for this role. I found him to be so boring, plain and unable to relate to. There’s a look and personality that comes with the character and I don’t think he embodies those traits of the comic book character or the likeability of the Bill Bixby version from the TV show. As for Jennifer Connelly as Betty Ross, she was alright but as the female love interest I just didn’t care for her. I’ve never been a big fan of Betty Ross in general and I guess Connelly didn’t change my mind either.

Sam Elliott as General Thunderbolt Ross was pretty much in line with the comics and I guess I liked what he did with the role and in a way I guess he was the best person in the film. And then there’s Nick Nolte as Dr. David “Dave” Banner, his character was very shady and twisted, his character was okay, but I didn’t like how much of a focus there was on him and the way his character became the is crappy villain near the end of the film that had the powers of Absorbing Man and Zzzax, to even reference those villains in this rubbish film is just bad. And lastly the cameos from Stan Lee and Lou Ferrigno was a nice nod to the fans.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. I give the film praise for being different and attempting all these different forms editing and scene transitions and making it similar to the comics but at the same time it can be incredibly distracting and a bit weird at times. Also this film has an obsession with green, yes, all us Hulk fans know that the character is green but I feel like this film is always trying to remind us. Then there’s the CGI, good gravy, its ugly. It looks very questionable and cheap at points. When you see the Hulk running, jumping or fighting some other CGI creatures everything looks pretty dodgy. And speaking of the Hulk, whoever was responsible for the look of the Hulk should be taken out. He looks so fat and disgusting, his face alone looks so stupid and makes me disgusted. Also As for the soundtrack by Danny Elfman, there are a good few similarities to his work on Spider-Man which came out a year prior. This soundtrack has a lot of his trademark instruments and Elfman’s score is one of the stronger elements of this film.


And lastly how does it compare to the comics? Well I’ve only read bits and bobs of Hulk comics but there are some things that translate okay and others that just don’t. Bruce Banner’s origin story is completely changed from the comics and while that’s not uncommon for origin stories to be changed, this film just changes so much in an uninteresting manner. Bruce’s execution in relation to the comics suck. And since when did Hulk start growing in size when he gets angrier? What kind of bullshit was that? And of course I have to mention those stupid CGI dogs, what the fuck kind of stupid enemy was that and why were they in this bloody movie? This film just makes me angry.


So to conclude Hulk is a film that makes me sad. The film attempts to take the source material and change it up, modify it and make it all fancy. But the problem is that everything Hulk tries was before its time. There is a very dark and dull story complete with far too many crazy transitions, cheap CGI and a lead character who just sucks. For some reason there are people that actually like this film, but for the rest of us, we know better. Hulk is a foul film and just needs to be forgotten about forever! Nuff said.

Rating: 3/10 (Yuck!)

So there’s my review/rant people, only 12 more to go. So have you seen Hulk and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo! Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a new film review online, until then peace out!


Posted by on June 18, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews


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Joss Whedon discusses the potential for another Hulk solo movie!

So there has been talk on another potential Hulk film but there hasn’t been much news regarding that subject for some time now, but now Joss Whedon is here to lay down his thoughts on the matter. The following article comes from IGN:

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“There’s no denying that Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk was one of the standouts in Marvel’s The Avengers. The character has definitely struggled in the past, but many fans have since gotten on board with the idea of giving the Jade Giant another solo round on-screen. Although Marvel head Kevin Feige has said a Ruffalo Hulk movie is definitely within the realm of possibility, it wouldn’t be something they’d attempt until after The Avengers 2.

Earlier this week, director Joss Whedon shared his own thoughts on the matter, noting that another Hulk film could potentially work — but not without some clever innovation.

“Hulk is a tricky son of a bitch. He’s the Claudio of superheroes,” Whedon said at the Glasgow Film Festival on Sunday. “Because the problem is it’s a very popular character, but it’s not a superhero. Half of it’s a superhero, half of it’s a werewolf. And you can’t structure it like a superhero movie, you can’t light it like a superhero movie. How do you develop that? It would be extremely difficult. The one thing you would have in your favour would be Mark Ruffalo. But right now I don’t know if they have plans to do that or not, because he works so well as part of a greater whole, but by himself, it’s tough. I don’t envy the guys who went before.”

In the meantime, Marvel’s first Phase 2 movie, Iron Man 3, opens May 3. The Avengers 2, meanwhile, is slated for May 1, 2015.”

After reading this I can understand exactly what he means, the Hulk doesn’t have the same conventional aspects that make him a superhero like other comic book characters, there is a lot of variables and I feel that’s while the previous two Hulk films haven’t fared too well. I mean the last one wasn’t half bad but it was far too boring and there wasn’t enough of the comic book elements that made the character cool in the first place. The Avengers was the first film to make the Hulk look, feel and move like the comics and I loved it. That was my Hulk and I hope he does get another try in the solo film department because Mark Ruffalo really killed it as Bruce Banner!

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Posted by on March 1, 2013 in Films, Media


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‘Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United’: First Look at Marvel Animation’s debut movie — EXCLUSIVE

Okay this is definitely something I did not expect from Marvel. Man those guys at Marvel Animation really are full of surprises. It is an interesting combination of having Iron Man and Hulk teaming up, but I am curious to see how the two heroes would operate together. Since Marvel and Disney are doing their first animation together (at least to my knowledge), I wonder if this will continue in the future? I guess we’ll have to see if ‘Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United‘ is successful when’s it’s released on Blu-ray and DVD.

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Posted by on October 4, 2012 in Films, Media


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My love for The Avengers continues!

Howdy ladies and gents and welcome to another blog post. Today I thought I’d just make a quick post about my love for The Avengers film.

Now I made it no secret before this film came out that I was absolutely hyped to an extreme level and then after I saw The Avengers I think I automatically blew up XD If you didn’t read my review you can check it out here! Now it’s been several weeks since the last time I saw the film and that was ONLY my second time! So after around 3-4 weeks I finally got back into the Cineworld in my home town and got to watch the film with my best friend and man… IT STILL KICKS LOADS OF ASS! Now while a lot of the original magic of the film has gone from the first times I saw it, The Avengers is still a great film to watch, it has action, it has drama, character development and it all works in a cohesive manner, I just love it!

I’m surprised that so many of the scenes that I had watched two times before still rocked my socks a third time round. Every character gets their moment in the sun and I guess that’s what I really love, whether it be in the small intimate conversation scenes to the big fight sequences, every character matters, has relevance and advances the plot too. There’s just so much to taken in and enjoy, from Tony Stark squaring up to Steve Rogers because of their different ideals to seeing Mark Ruffalo’s interpretation of Bruce Banner and the Hulk, then there’s the small scenes with Black Window and Hawkeye or the chaotic nature of Loki that works in many dark and twisted ways. Everything just works on a level of awesomeness that hasn’t been present in many other Marvel films until now. I think a lot of that has to do with the dialogue and character interaction and that comes from the script and screenplay done by director Joss Whedon and co-writer Zak Penn. The writing is snappy, tight, smart and relatable. Ah The Avengers, it’s good for casual audience goers and it’s good for people who love films too, but in truth it’s all about the nerds. This film was made for the comic book fans and as I said in my review before, there’s only things in this film that fans of the source material will pick up on and be able to appreciate, especially when it comes to the post-credit endings! The Avengers starts off the summer film season in a fabulous way and sets the standard for all other films coming out this year! As for me I’m probably going to watch this film another 2 or 3 times as I can’t get enough of this Marvel madness!


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Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Films, Life, Media


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