Two stories featuring Marvel's anti-hero The Incredible Hulk and his encounters with the X-Man Wolverine and the god known as Thor.Two stories featuring Marvel's anti-hero The Incredible Hulk and his encounters with the X-Man Wolverine and the god known as Thor.Two stories featuring Marvel's anti-hero The Incredible Hulk and his encounters with the X-Man Wolverine and the god known as Thor.
I'm not a massive fan of Marvel characters generally but a friend sent me this DVD thinking I would like it so I figured I should be polite and accept the gift. Personally my preference is for darker, more adult stuff from my comic books but I can enjoy this sort of thing to as long as it is well done. It will be a matter of personal taste but for my money hulk is a pretty weak character that the last two film version have shown to be difficult to do much with other than produce big noisy effect sequences. This is the case here again as, although he is the title character, both of the films really belong to the other characters. This therefore makes it more a matter of whether or not you like the two characters.
Thor never worked for me as a character and I never liked the world of Nordic Gods or Thor as a character – not helped either by how colourful and clean he is. The Thor film is pretty weak as it is based heavily in this world and filled with lots of "thee" and "thou" dialogue that just seems silly. The action sequences are simple enough but the plot didn't engage me and just seemed to be noisy and pointless stuff. I guess this is very much personal taste and some will love it but for me the saving grace of the DVD was the second film.
I am sure there are people who do not like Wolverine as a character but I am yet to meet them and this film reflects the style of the character that I have come to know through the odd comic book and the films. The story here is better and the setting of the military industrial complex as the background is a lot less silly. It helps that this film also has real action with violence, thrills and urgency. The animation is also better as, although it is the same US-TV style, there is more blood and more shading than in the Thor film. I also liked the cast a lot more here and, like everyone says, the inclusion of Deadpool was a great thing that gave great comedic relief throughout the film.
Hulk V's is an enjoyable DVD though but for my money it is limited by the first of the two films. The Thor one is too simple and filled with characters, scenarios and dialogue that I just didn't like. This is not the fault of the film though because I just don't get Thor generally so for those that do the film will play differently. The Wolverine film is worth it though as it is darker, has a better story, better action, more humour and just a good amount of "edge" to it that makes it more than cartoons of pumping up things hitting one another. Fans will lap it up no doubt but to me the DVD is good enough for the casual viewer thanks to the Wolverine film.
- bob the moo
- Apr 12, 2009