Hulk also have bad grammar.
Olivier Coipel is one of my favourite artists. I LOVED his Siege stuff and I can’t wait for his Mighty Thor work with Matt Fraction. I got Siege #2, a Thor trade and a variant cover to Hulk #5 signed by him. Awesome dude.
I want this as a huge poster for my wall. Seriously.
You know what would be awesome? Olivier Coipel on a Hulk title, monthly or mini.
I would read that shit.
(And if Thor were to be in it, I wouldn’t complain).
It’s taken most of the day because I paused it a few times while I did something else, I wasn’t making a comment on its running time or pace.
It’s actually a lot better then I remember it.
I think when it was released in 2003, most people were expecting a fast quick paced action movie similar to Spider-man and X-men. However, if you’ve seen the movie, it’s not actually like that at all.
Ang Lee takes time to tell Bruce Banner’s story. So much time that the film actually starts with a focus on David Banner (Bruce’s father) and not Bruce himself.
It does take us 40 minutes before we get to see the Hulk, but the 40 minutes it takes for us to get there isn’t that bad.
Ang Lee wants us to know how and why he becomes the Hulk, rather then taking us straight into the action. For this reason, the pace of the film seems slow for a Hollywood summer blockbuster. And it is. But its not time wasted for the viewer or the film itself.
Hulk reminded me a lot of a film that came out 2 years after, called Batman Begins. Batman Begins spends roughly an hour on the origin of Batman, and thats probably my favourite part of the movie.
But what makes Batman Begins then Hulk is that the payoff is better at the end of the movie. Hulk’s climax is pretty poor, especially given the length of time it takes to get there. Batman Begins isn’t. At the end of Batman Begins we can revel in the fact that we’ve see the birth of Batman. Whereas the Hulk climax is just him confronting his father, which is where the story was heading, but it leaves us wanting more.