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A modern day Greek Tragedy
First of all let me congratulate Ang Lee on a job well done. The Hulk, like any other comic book movie, is for the fans of the character above anything else. Having said that, I believe that some who may have never even heard of the character may like the movie because of the way Ang Lee has handled the subject matter. Ang Lee is to The HULK as Sam Raimi was to Spider-Man.
When I first heard the movie was coming out I was really excited but then I saw the Super Bowl trailer..and like many, was skeptical. More than anything else I was interested in the CGI aspect of the film. I'll admit that there are a few places where the CGI could have used a little work but what LITTLE CGI couldn't accomplish the story and the direction more than made up for it, so I wasn't dissapointed.
The cast is okay, especially Nick Nolte as a deranged scientist brought life to his character. The turbulent relation ship between the father and son is the main plot of the film, not the fact that Dr. Bruce Banner becomes the HULK.
The CGI wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. In fact some of the facial expression on the CGI HULK were so real that I (and many of my friends) could identify with the character...and he wasn't even real!!! The part when the HULK stands in front of Bruce's house on the military base..the expression on his face ...hats off to ILM!!!!
The HULK is not without it's flaws.. the movie is too long and a lot of time is taken up in setting the background and introducing the characters. Like many people, I feel that the HULK at times didn't seem real enough. There were many points in the movie where his motions were jerky.
Overall, this is an enjoyable film..but not a breakthrough film. I wouldn't mind seeing a sequel(s) to this film and hopefully ILM will have learnt from its mistakes.
Judwaa- Salman's Second Coming
Judwaa directed by Salman Khan was released on Feb 13, 1997. I was there in India at that time. The film went on to do well at the box-office reportedly bringing in 2.1 crores rupees per territory. In many ways Judwaa gave Salman a second shot at super stardom. Before Judwaa there was Hum Aapke Hain Koun but that did more for Madhuri Dixit then Salman Khan. Before Judwaa Salman had done a number of films that failed miserably at the box office and cast a shadow over his career but Judwaa changed all that.
Judwaa is Salman Khan's first film in which he has done two roles. He is also the first among his contemporaries Amir and Shah Rukh. The plot is quiet simple. Two twin borthers separated at birth reunite after a chain of hillarious events. Both the twins can "feel" one another.
Salman has shown considerable flair for comedy in this film. The credit must also go to the director David Dhawan. Incidently Mr. Dhawan has been after Salman to do a film for him. The two later collaborated on another super hit Biwi No1.
The music for Judwaa is by Anu Malik. The style and the numbers definitely suit Salman's personality. The two heroines are simply gorgeous to look at but Rambha could use a few acting lessons.
Judwaa is fun film to watch though the plot is very similiar to a Jackie Chan movie Twin Brothers and loosely adopted from the telgu hit Hello Brother starring Nagarjuna. This movie will be most enjoyable to Salman Khan Fan.
Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya (1998)
Icing on the Cake
If there is one Salman Khan film that showcased his acting skills and charm then that film is Pyaar Kiya to Darna Kya. It is a simple love story between a simple village belle and a city slicker. Salman Khan was at his best in the movie. I mean in every way- acting ,looks and physique. I saw a difernet Salman Khan is this movie.
This is a must see whether you are a Salman Khan fan or not