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In many ways Ang Lee's film is the equal of Spider-Man...
Having struggled to make back its $US120 million at the US box-office, made the chances of there being a HULK sequel slim. Which is a shame because Ang Lee's film not only successfully merges art movie with comic-book adaption, but is also in many ways the equal to Sam Raimi's far more successful Spider-Man.
It was argued that HULK's relative failure was due to the film toying with Stan Lee's original story. The 'alter ego' of of Ang Lee's Bruce Banner (Bana, good but far from great) is the product, not just of gamma radiation, but of the genetic experimentation engineered by none other than his father (Nolte, having the time of his life). As tale tampering goes, it's not that extreme of an example, and since the comic's other principals - love interest Betty (Connolley), nemeses "Thunderbolt" Ross (Elliot) and Glen Talbot (Josh Lucas) - are all on board, and tribute is paid to both the style of the comics and ol' green skin's previous incarnation (a cameo from Lou Ferrigno), would have to be a real Marvel die-hard to feel alienated by the alterations.
Indeed, HULK is perhaps a little too much like its source to appeal to the masses. Characters governed by emotion rather than logic, slighty over-wrought dialouge, and editing strategy inspired by the panels of the comic - it's all great stuff but if you don't know the book, it might fell a tad too stylistic. Lee's determination to make a beautiful film as well as a muscular one is also as likely to baffle as delight. An incredibly textural picture, HULK looks ravishing but its dream sequences - all desert landscapes and jellyfish - too closely resemble Yes album covers for comfort.
If you can get your head around all of this, however, you're in for a real treat. Bana and Connelly make for a far more attractive couple than Tobey Maquire and Kirsten Dunst and the Hulk himself is a stunning creation, his slightly artificial feeling wholly appropriate. And when the green goliath puts his dukes up, the action is truly incredible! 4/5
Batman Begins (2005)
After being invited to the premier at the local cinema I jumped at the opportunity. I was expecting big things, and well I wasn't disappointed. The movie is paced very well and I believe that Christian Bale is the best Batman yet. He manages to be believable as the Dark Knight and Bruce Wayne. While yes there are a few corny one-liners, the film holds together well. The action scenes are great, especially the first time Batman goes out on the town. It brought back memories of the old horror movies, when the characters get picked of one-by-one. The film does have humor, and most of it coming from Michael Cains' character. The twist at the end is golden. I never saw it coming and I managed to pick the twist in both The Sixth Sense and The Village. Christopher Nolan has shown us what he is capable of, now let us hope that Bryan Singer can do the same with Superman and bring new life to the movies.
A Gothic Children's Film
I saw this movie on the opening day with a couple of friends because I truly had nothing better to do. We went there and tossed between this and Oceans 12, and this one ultimately won. Not having read the books the story was alien to me and my friends. After an interesting start to the movie, it kicked straight into gear. We are immediately introduced to the "unfortunate" events of the Baudelaire children. Violet (Emily Browning), Klaus (Liam Aiken) and Sunny (Kara and Shelby Hoffman), are thrown into peril when they discover their parents are dead. They are taken to a distant relative, Count Olaf (Jim Carrey) to only be placed into a slavery sort of life style. From there you venture into the miserable lives that the Baudelaire children go through.
Until I saw the end credits I thought Tim Burton directed the movie. The style is down his alley. Strange production design really makes this movie what it is, a Gothic children's movie. But, as the movie is under the helm of Casper director Brad Silberling, the jokes will not go straight over the heads of a 12 year old.
Carrey was perfect for the role of the Count Olaf. No matter how much make-up this man seems to wear you can still see him underneath. Both Browning and Aiken are also very good as the two oldest children and the twins that portray Sunny were the highlight of the show with some of what they say the funniest jokes in the movie. But there are many other jokes that are extremely funny none the less.
While the movie is mainly aimed for 10-13 year of age, a older person can still go and watch this movie and enjoy it if they go not expecting the most philosophical story ever. You must go expecting to see a child movie. If you want a adults movie then go watch Oceans 12, but this movie really isn't that bad.
Story (Having not read the books) 4/5~Acting 5/5~Direction 5/5
Overall a very good movie 4.5/5 (A)
A Very Under-Rated Movie
Alien 3 is the most under-rated movie of the alien series. Director David Fincher gives it an amazing look with his vision. The effects are great and this movie returns to the themes that made us all fall in love with the first one. The rush that this movie gives you is incredible. The chestbuster scene with the dog looks amazing as does the chestbuster scene with Riply. Overall a great movie. 8/10
A Damn Good Movie...
57 years after Ripley's encounter with the Alien she is rescued by a salvage team and then gets her pilot licence suspended, only to find out that LV-426 has been colonized by people, and that they have lost contact.
That's when the marines come in to kick some Xenomorph butt. They go to LV-426 only to find out the Xenomorphs have found there way to the humans. However, they soon figure out that there has to be one egg for each host..."So that's over 200 eggs." (Ripley) "That's right" (Bishop ) "So who's laying these eggs?" (Ripley).
An excellent movie with great visual FX and great storyline and cast. Altogether one of the better sci-fi movies of the age.
"Game over man. Game over." (Hudson)
An Enjoyable Film
The best way to sum up this movie is to quote the great Homer Simpson..."I saw this movie about a bus that had to speed around a city keeping its speed over 50 because if its speed dropped below it the bus would explode...I think it was called 'The Bus That Couldn't Slow Down"
This is Reeve's best non-matrix film to date and Sandra Bullocks tip of her career. Jan de Bont does a great job directing and the opening scene is brilliant.
This movie has a good balance of humor, action and sex related topics to make the movie even more enjoyable.
This film is also much better than Speed 2 which was just stupid, and for people who say there should be a Speed 3...please don't give 20th Century Fox any ideas!!!!!
Has Lucas lost his touch?
I saw Star Wars: Episode II - Attack At The Clones at the midnight screening...and wasted my money. For a big budget movie like this you would have thought Lucas the creator of one of the best Sci-Fi movies in history could have come up with a better plot and graphics. The clone troopers look crap.
Why did Lucas go for a romantic side to Star Wars? It screwed it up. While the actors did a great performance this movie just doesn't fit in with the original films. Lucas needs to get back on track and make Episode III a hell of a lot better if he expects me and I'm sure many other people satisfied.
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
Is it just me or was The Matrix Reloaded crap
Why is it that nearly all sequels suck. I personally thought this movie sucked. Not only were the graphics bad but the story line was crap to. I saw it with 4 of my friends and they all agree it sucked. While there might have been more explosions, this movie just doesn't come close to The Matrix, which I think everyone will agree was a work of art. I'm just praying that The Matrix Revolutions is a hell of a lot better. The Wachowski should be ashamed for the fact that they have ruined a great movie.