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Subj: Hulk Movie
Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 at 06:22:51 am EDT (Viewed 106 times)
HULK MOVIE SPOILER - (but an obvious one)
I say this is an obvious spoiler because I think everybody knows it before they enter the theatre, but any way, here's the spoiler:
The current Hulk movie focuses on Bruce Banner (rather than the Green Guy) as the central protagonist whose story drives the movie.
The previous Hulk movie did the same.
The Hulk TV show did the same.
I think this is why I tend to be less than satisfied by Hulk movies and Hulk TV episodes. You see, Bruce Banner's main goal in life is to stop becoming the Hulk. Trouble is, it's impossible for me to root for Bruce Banner in this, for two reasons:
1. I don't want Bruce Banner to stop becoming the Hulk, because then there would be no more Hulk, and I don't want that.
2. I know Bruce Banner will never stop becoming the Hulk, because then there would be no more Hulk, and Marvel won't allow that.
Thus I both want and expect the protagonist to fail in the main goal of his life. This undermines the effectiveness of the storytelling for me personally. Since I'm not rooting for the protagonist, I gradually lose interest in the plot. By the second half of the movie, all I was interested in was seeing the Hulk smash stuff. I wasn't rooting for Bruce Banner so I became bored with Bruce Banner.
Did anyone else feel the same way?
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