Sunday, June 1, 2008

The Painted Veil (Which, for some reason, turned into an Incredble Hulk SMASH!)

Clearly a mere warmup performance for Edward Norton before The Incredible Hulk hits, he plays a Bruce Banner-like mild-mannered scientist who suddenly flies into a rage, turning green (with envy) in the process.

Except instead of smashing stuff, he turns passive-aggressive, and instead of growing biceps, he grows bacteria after taking his wife to the cholera-infested Chinese gorges (and I mean that as a noun, not in the rabid mutant dog sense).

What this film lacks in explosions, it makes up for in characterization, style, cinematography, and drama -- exactly the things that made Ang Lee's bastardization Hulk so, so, so, so, so bad. Thank goodness we can be sure Louis Leterrier won't lower himself to these standards.

(Side note: Ever notice how Louis Le Terrier directed Danny the Dog? Ironic? Or ironically BRILLIANT!)

The Painted Veil: 7/10

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