The Incredible Hulk Review

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Amidst fierce competition by other superheroes on the big screen, the biggest superhero makes a grand return to the big screen. But does the world’s favorite green giant match up to the likes of Spidey, The Dark Knight and the latest success Iron Man? Read on for the complete low-down on…THE INCREDIBLE HULK.

The Good: Director Louis Letterrier starts off this movie in a way unlike any other superhero movie. Instead of wasting half the movie to explain the Hulk’s origins, he goes through the motions in the opening credits itself! With the background out of the way, the movie takes the viewer right into the busy lanes of Brazil where leading man Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) hides in the shadows away from the prying eyes of his arch-nemesis General Thunderbolt Ross (William Hurt). Banner, determined not to let Gen. Ross exploit his powers for the wrong purposes, desperately seeks a cure to rid the monster that resides within him albeit with little success. His only hope is to go back home where it all began and retrieve the data of the failed experiment that unleashed the monster within him. Ed Norton puts up a gritty performance of a man torn between a Super-ego that wants to put an end to its destructive Id and a monstrously powerful Id that does not wish to hand the reins back to the Super-ego once in control. The choice of the storyline (borrowed from late-70s TV series) is sure to go down well with long-standing Hulk fans. The unbridled, insane destructive action sequences are sure to get to your adrenaline pumping. The CGIs are tastefully blended with the real-life action which is commendable in a movie where the main draw is a computer generated figure. The fast pace of the movie and the solid supporting performances by Liv Tyler as Betty Ross and Tim Roth as the main villain of the movie The Abomination add to the strengths of this movie. And of course, the liberal use of inside jokes on the Hulk certainly pleased this reviewer.

The Bad: There aren’t many bad things to say about the movie. The movie maintains an even pace from start to finish but unnecessarily digresses a bit when the romantic angle between Bruce Banner and Betti Ross is focused upon. Though it successfully captures the struggle of dominance between Banner and The Hulk, the psychological turmoil isn’t exploited to its fullest. Though every actor does total justice to his/her character, there isn’t a stand-out performance in this movie. Norton comes also to achieving that and so does Tim Roth, but apart from that, the performances are at best above-average. A thumping, guitar-heavy soundtrack would have gone brilliantly with the stunning SFX but then again, that’s a luxury and not a necessity.

The Verdict: The biggest superhero in the world may have not delivered the biggest superhero flick of the year, but it’s definitely a movie worth your cash. A certain surprise twist towards the end opens up a whole new world of possibilities for the sequel. The sheer magnitude of the destruction The Hulk causes is sure to leave the viewer open mouthed. All in all this is a well rounded movie. We definitely like it when the Hulk gets angry!

Rating: 3½ out of 5.

What the Ratings Mean:

0 – Terrible Beyond Imagination
1 – Mostly Pathetic
2 – Strictly OK
3 – Good
4 – Very Good
5 – Bow Down and Worship!

Top 25 Ways to Avoid Work.

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The great Homer Simpson once said, “If you don’t like your job, don’t quit. Just go in everyday and half-ass it!” Anyone can put in a few extra hours, bend their back a bit more and do their job well…but that’s no fun! The real challenge lies in making it look as if you are on the verge of a nervous breakdown due to the insane stress levels of your job without actually having to break a sweat!

What’s that you say? You don’t know how to do it? Sigh! Do I have to show you everything now? Fine! Stop making those puppy eyes, you know I can’t say no to a mug like that! Chalo, grab a pen and paper quickly and take notes! Presenting – 25 Master Plans to Avoid Work.

25. When all your projects are overdue throw in big pseudo-philosophical quotes like “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.” For added effect use rhyming quotes such as “Quality before quantity”

24. Tell your boss that a 2-hour nap every afternoon increases productivity. Cite Mexico’s example. Happy siesta!

23. Tell your boss that knowledge absorbing capacity shoots up ten-fold if naptime is followed by playtime. Cite kindergarten as an example! Happy pakda-pakdi!

22. Get board games like Monopoly, Snakes and Ladders, Ludo and Cluedo to work and say that it helps build rapport amongst co-workers and enhances problem-solving skills!

21. Play Wikipedia Tag! Where else can ‘Stem-cell research’ lead you to ‘Undertaker Hell in a Cell Match’?

20. Grab sketch pens of different hues and blank sheets of chart paper. Doodle away for the next 3 hours. If the boss interrupts, tell him you’re making mind-maps!

19. Get a fake medical certificate saying that you have a deficiency of Vitamin D and convince your boss that you need to take a stroll in the sun at regular intervals.

18. Arrange for a screening of An Inconvenient Truth. Then switch off your computer for an hour everyday and say that you are trying to reduce your carbon footprint.

17. Under-promise – If the boss says “I want this done in a week”, say “I might finish it in two weeks.” Then finish your work in ten days and slack off!

16. Get another fake medical certificate. This time it should say that you can’t wake up on time because of a genetic defect that confuses your biological clock.

15. Refuse to work saying that keyboards are dirtier than toilet seats.

14. If the boss pulls a fast one and asks you to work with a pen and paper old school style, lecture him/her about how rainforests are being chopped down to produce paper. Screen An Inconvenient Truth again if needed!

13. Open up a blank MS-Word document and and stare at the screen as if you are waiting for the greatest idea since the small pox cure.

12. Tell your boss you need to discuss important projects with your coworkers, then get a bunch of notepads and pens and gather your co-workers in the conference room… and start a Name, Place, Animal, Thing tournament.

11. Get at least 5 different serious newspapers each morning to your desk. Proceed to solve the Su-Doku and Crossword columns in each publication.

10. Go on strike saying that you won’t resume work till Tibet is freed.

9. Accuse a fellow employee who poked you on Facebook of sexual harassment.

8. Accuse the same employee again. This time say he Superpoked you! Haww!

7. Switch your computer off for 2 hours a day now! Erasing your carbon footprint ain’t so easy after all!

6. Sit at your PC the whole day replying to emails from generous Nigerians who want to ‘enter into a fruitful business partnership with you by giving $250,000′

5. Download a virus.

4. Spend the next few days getting rid of the same virus

3. Call the health department saying that your Boss has contracted Bird Flu and needs to be quarantined immediately!

2. Arrive 15 minutes early, finish all your assignments ahead of time, stay back and do overtime. Your boss will be very impressed and not bother you for the next 3 weeks at least. Slack off to your hearts content then.

1. In the interest of slacking off, I will not write another tip!