HULK VS. THE TWO HUGOS

December 8, 2011

HUGO IS A WONDROUS MOVIE FULL OF PURE CINEMATIC JOY.

HUGO ALSO HAS BASIC STORYTELLING PROBLEMS.

BEHOLD THE INCONGRUENCY…

http://badassdigest.com/2011/12/07/film-crit-hulk-smash-hulk-vs-the-two-hugos/

8 Responses to “HULK VS. THE TWO HUGOS”

  1. FanofHulkBlog said

    REFUSALS STOP ANY FILM FROM PROPELLING FORWARD. LIKE THE CHARACTER, THE AUDIENCE STOPS DEAD IN ITS TRACKS AND SITS THERE WAITING FOR THE STORY TO START MOVING AGAIN. IT’S A FUNDAMENTAL PROPERTY OF STORY TELLING.

    This doesn’t make any sense at all to me. How can you reconcile this with stories like The Illiad, The Odyssey, or even more modern tales like Hamlet where refusals for action are critical elements to the story and storytelling?

    I haven’t seen Hugo but it seems like it was probably just used poorly to create tension artificially and without any other purpose extend the film. But that’s really not a problem with refusals as it is the storytelling as a whole containing wasted narrative.

    • FILMCRITHULK said

      SORRY, HULK SHOULD CLARIFY. THE STATEMENT YOU QUOTE SHOULD ONLY BE TAKEN UNDER THE AUSPICES OF A CERTAIN KIND OF STORY.

      MEANING THE STORIES YOU CITE ARE HIGH MINDED PHILOSOPHICAL PIECES THAT ARE LITERALLY *ABOUT* INDECISION. HAMLET SPECIFICALLY. SUCH NARRATIVES AND TONES ALLOW FOR A WHOLE DIFFERENT KIND OF INTROSPECTION AND THE REFUSALS ARE ACTUALLY THE POINT.

      HUGO REQUIRES SOMETHING ELSE. FOR ONE IT REALLY DOES INTEND TO BE A HIGH MINDED KIDS MOVIE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF CINEMA. IT ALSO SEEMS TO BE AIMING FOR SOMETHING ELSE AND THAT IS VERY MUCH A MYSTERY PLOT. AND BETWEEN THOSE TWO AIMS (AND THE FACT THAT MOVIE DOES EXAMINE THAT INDECISION AND REFUSALS WITH ANY KIND OF REAL CONTEXT OTHER THAN THE ART OF DELAYING THE POINT) THEN THE REFUSALS ARE JUST DOWNRIGHT OUT OF PLACE. AGAIN, NOT MUCH FOR THE CHARACTERS TO ACTUALLY DO.

      AND SEE HUGO. IT STILL GOOD NO MATTER WHAT.

      • FanofHulkBlog said

        Thanks for the clarification. The examples I give are indeed refusals that give the characters or storyteller an opportunity to present an argument about the choice itself.

        Hugo and Green Lantern, neither of which I have seen, are apparently using refusals to create artificial tension or drama without any interest in the choice itself (I’m sure Hulk/Bruce Banner know it is better to be a super hero than a schlub).

        Seems like a fair point to me, I just didn’t get that from the original article.

    • Isn’t it about
      Who leads the idea
      The reader/watcher
      Who are plugging it all into their available senses, borrowed, simply felt, pre-conceived… Laudable or piece meal attempts at being on to of, and in the communication of things, ( they wish)

      I like the process it is important to watch.

  2. I like the idea…

    A maverick???
    Within the halls ( of fame?)
    That place that
    Keeps the money Rollin
    Bad or good
    Mrs Petwee’s complaint though
    To the genesis of thinking.
    ( that’s not… As much hyperbole as “the usual” pretends…)
    And of course the only way to get it across
    Is in a brutish manner…
    To assuage the fine feelings of delight… That the icons get… To feel… About what they do…( I clink glasses with Putin!… Whatever… )
    (We’re all gunna die for gods sake…)
    Scorsese interests me… He’s kept his voice… Gangs of new York was thinking… Down to the almost amateur music…
    And he finds his work
    I will have to watch the movie
    Find your points
    Retina to retina
    See how we go loved the revue

  3. Incongruent is about it all isn’t it…
    Imagining and hoping it works… Rather than making it part of your life… Maybe some writers… Believe too much… In reality…
    Now that… Is controversial

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