Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena

Panda, Zohan, Bleach, Happening, Hulk

I've been on vacation this week, and my four year old off brand "DeskNote" laptop computer has been having dire thermal problem. I have many thoughts to share, but not this evening.

In the meantime, I have watched more than the usual share of movies this week...

"Kung Fu Panda" is silly fun, pretty much exactly as advertised. The worst flaw is that Dustin Hoffman sounds too much like a New York Jew to be convincing as a Kung Fu Master.

"Don't Mess with the Zohan" concentrates everything that has ever been wrong with an Adam Sandler movie, scrupulously avoids everything Sandler has ever done right, and blends it all in a stupid, vulgar, irritating mess.

"Bleach: Memories of Nobody" is a pretty standard piece of anime. It is neither awful nor exceptional. It WAS a special "two nights only" event, so the house was fairly crowded with people who had more invested in the film than I did...

"The Happening" is on the short list for worst movie I have ever seen. The premise is stupid, the dialogue is bad, the effects are third rate, the score is both heavy handed and boring. Consider that I like Mark Wahlberg a great deal, and LOVE Zooey Deschanel, it was hard to make me dislike this movie as much as I did, but Shyamalan did it.

"The Incredible Hulk" is a great of fun, and about all that you can hope for, given the material. In addition to the Stan Lee cameo, there is also a decent cameo by one time Hulk Lou Ferrigno. They managed to work the main themes from the old Hulk TV show into the score a couple of times, which was fun. My single favorite moment was when, after one of the fights, the Hulk was cooling off in the rain, and was hit by lightning. He picked up a rock, and launched it straight back into the sky in retribution. Great stuff. Hulk has really always been a high tech variation on the werewolf myth, and this version is no exception.

Uncle Hyena
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