I'm at a loss to explain why people thought this was superior to the Ang Lee Hulk
. Maybe someone can explain it to me?
I can illustrate at least 10 great scenes in the first Hulk just from memory. It's been a few months since I've seen it again.
1. The scene with the gamma-treated dogs. Not only great CGI, but frighteningly done and also completely novel and at first viewing, unexpected. I
loved the way the Hulk grew in size in the shoulder area to defeat the one dog's bite;
2. The scene where Hulk breaks out of his confinement chamber;
3. The scene where they foam the Hulk and he again grows larger defeating the foam, and in addition the way the dart bounces off of him and
4. The scene where Banner dreams he's shaving and the Hulk appears behind the mirror;
5. The fight with the tanks;
6. The fight with and the escape from the helicopters, jumping out of danger;
7. The ride the Hulk takes on the jet preventing it from damaging the bridge, then hanging on for a wild ride to the edge of space, then freezing over
and plummeting to Earth;
8. Nolte's scene in the reactor where he morphs part of his hand into metal and then merges with the flooring;
9. Nolte's scene where he bites the electrical conduit, absorbing all that energy;
10. The fight inside the house with Talbot (Josh Lucas) and Hulk emerging from the house in a shower of splinters, being fired on and growing even
bigger as a countermeasure.
That's not to mention the memorable score by Danny Elfman
and beautiful cinematography by
, and the superb visualization as a comic book extract. Using split-screens like window
panes, they get several angles in one shot.
In addition there are lots of great character interactions and great acting by Bana, and Elliot, Lucas and Nolte.
I can only think of a couple scenes that are memorable in this new version, and the CGI was not nearly as well done.
I found the original to be very re-watchable and I even bought the DVD, which has 23 great extracts going into the making of the movie. I was most
intrigued the way Ang Lee used a motion-capture suit to detail the Hulk's movements. (They definitely didn't do anything that elaborate with the new
version.) It's one of the best DVDs I've seen as to composition content and added value. Most DVD rating sites give it very high marks.
I can't imagine watching the new Hulk more than once and most of it was so boring, I'd probably fast forward through most of it. By the way critics
cited the first one as having a flaw that the Hulk didn't show up for 45 min. Well in the new one (except for a brief glimpse in shadow), it's more
than 50 minutes into the movie before we see the creature.
[edit on 14-6-2008 by Badge01]