13 June 2008

The Incredible Hulk

While the original Hulk movie had maybe 20 good minutes of screen time. This film has 120 good minutes.

Better than Iron Man.

Seriously.

It basically ignores the majority of the first one. And during the credits, it rewrites the important elements and shows you exactly what you need to know about Banner being in exile in South America.

Mr. Blue was not a "strong" choice and Tim Roth's character gets silly quickly, but the rest of the film is great. The numerous chases/fire-fights are really well-paced.

Starts strong. Ends strong. Is exactly what a HULK movie should be.

Norton pulls it off too, and the CGI of the Hulk is much more HUMAN this time around. Very impressive. William Hurt's eyes tell a lot of story and I was really impressed with how well everyone interacted with the fake CGI monster.

Two thumbs up.

Kung Fu Panda

Holy Crap. Super funny. Funnier than expected. Amazing graphics. I mean, predictable, but who cares.

This movie captured the "destiny" kung fu story very well, while having all kinds of funny/intelligent moments. Not to mention, excellent choreography and action. The fight on the rope bridge was particularly amazing.

So. In short. Funny. Smart. Exciting.

What else do you need in a review of an animated film?

Seriously. The graphics may be the best I've ever seen in an animated film.

I did not check the voice list before going in -- except Jack Black -- and I was really surprised (good and bad) with some of the choices. I won't spoil it, but check it out.

08 June 2008

Housesitter

Not the Sinbad comedy with Phil Hartman, but the Frank Oz comedy with Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn.

Great premise and story. Really smart. Really funny.

I love the last 30 minutes the most. I wonder if they'd had a stronger director, if the film would have moved faster or smarter.