Ang Lee looks back at his Hulk movie

News Simon Brew 20 Nov 2012 - 06:38

"I should have had more fun with it", says Ang Lee of his 2003 film, Hulk...

For this writer at least, director Ang Lee's much-maligned Hulk movie, starring Eric Bana, remains one of the most underappreciated comic book movies of all time. Appreciating that it wasn't an all-action blockbuster, Lee somehow managing to fit what was effectively a compelling family drama within the walls of a  blockbuster movie. And while his Hulk had problems, it was the kind of ambitious take on the material that the subsequent, Louis Leterrier-directed version wasn't.

That said, while on promotional duties for the upcoming movie adaptation of Life Of Pi, Ang Lee seems to have a regret about how he approached the material.

"I learned quite a bit about CG from The Hulk, and I wouldn't have been able to do Life Of Pi without that", Lee told Vulture. "But it's easier to create an animal, because there exists a good reference - so a tiger or a hyena is easier than a 2,000-pound rage monster. The hardest thing to do is the weight, not the skin, because there's no reference for something that size that is agile. And the technology's improved, so you can have more details with Mark [Ruffalo]'s Hulk".

He added that "My problem is that I took the whole thing too seriously. I should have had more fun with it, instead of all the psychodrama!"

After the relative commercial disappointment of Hulk, Marvel, of course, went ahead and rebooted the franchise. But it wasn't until this year's Joss Whedon-directed The Avengers that the feeling was the character had been done full justice on the big screen. That said, Ang Lee's Hulk film is still something really rather special...


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I actually liked Hulk for the most part.

All the extra stuff about Bruce's repressed memories made the 'Don't make me angry' aspect all the more understandable and I loved the style of the comic book frames - with the exception of the Creepshow films I don't think I've seen another movie do that and it fitted the material really well.

Thunderbolt Ross was extremely well cast (shame he was replaced for the 2008 film, but William Hurt was not bad either) as was Jennifer Connelly's Betty and the security guard cameo scene was a hoot for fans of the comic/80s cartoon/70s live action TV series.

Shame it got ruined by an unwatchable mess in the last act. And making Bruce's father the Absorbing Man was a very strange move indeed - Crusher Creel's real Absorbing Man would have made for a better villain!

I realy liked it too, the norton version was a real mess. I like the fact the most basic of super heros was given such depth, given that the hulk smash puny god is still one of my most enjoyable movie moments of the year.

There are not many movies that I fell asleep watching in the cinema. Among them Hulk (twice) and Underworld: Awakening. With the exception of Hulk, I love Marvel movies but sadly Hulk is not in the same league for me.

True, it is much more better than marvel movies (minus the mutant poodles).

People make a lot of pseudo intellectual excuses for Ang Lee's Hulk, but for all it's ambition, it fails for me both as a drama and as fun slice of cinema. It's admirable that Lee tried something different but the result was 2 hours of silt.

Two words: Hulk dogs.

It was dreadful.

Ang Lee, you wouldn't like me when I'm Ang Lee.

Oy yoy yoy! /facepalm

On the other hand, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a modern masterpiece that makes me cry like a baby every time.

Not only was this worse than Norton's Hulk, it was also 2003 not 2005

If only more Abrams Tanks has been thrown about like toys in a playroom. The rest was gloomy punch-ups in the dark. Church.

Can't agree, sorry. Ang Lee is possibly the most overrated director ever. He has a remarkable talent for ensuring his every film is awful.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is the cinematic equivalent of the emperors new clothes. You know its an awful, bloated, nonsense of a movie, yet convention tells you that you ought to like it.
Actually, like much of Ang Lee's work, its just sh*t.

I don't remember whether I liked this one, actually. My wife swears up and down we watched both, but I only remember the second one.

Yeah Batfunk how dare you have an opinion. You should listen to someone else and agree that they're right that's the only way you'll ever break free of your slavish adherence to convention. Seeeeesh, some people.

I'm yet to make it through the whole film in one sitting. Tripe.

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