Thursday, July 24, 2008

Went to see The Incredible Hulk

    Went to see The Incredible Hulk (Louis Leterrier, 2008). Frédéric J. you must go see it for your MA dissertation. I didn't like it as much as Hulk (Ang Lee, 2003). Of course, not everyone can be Brokeback Mountain Ang Lee, although French director Louis Leterrier did a very acceptable job within the limits of the genre. When you remember the AWFUL Hulk TV series of yesteryear, with Lou Ferrigno (which I watched, obviously), you have to admit we've come a long way. As a huge Marvel Comics fan (going way back to 1970), I can say with unblemished joy: finally tremendous Marvel comic book superheroes can make acceptable-to-good movie superheroes, mostly thanks to computerized special effects and the end of naïveté. In the 1980s they made the most appalling superhero movies, with guys in untight tights that came down to between ther thighs. Now they make S&M leather queen Batmen (DC though) and black spandex evil Spideys, gee.

    I liked the cognoscenti jokes and hints (Ferrigno doing the voice of the creature and a security guy, Hitchcockian Stan Lee making his usual uncredited appearance, Robert Downey Jr. / Tony Stark / Iron Man coming to see the general at the end, etc.). The writer is Zak Penn, who's written lots of superhero stuff and is working on The Avengers (!).

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