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Director Ang Lee
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Reviewed by Pete on June 6th, 2004
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This is just plain boring. I'm sure Lee has a few important things to say on genetic manipulation, but he seems intent on putting you to sleep before he can awe you. It may have worked out better had James Schamus joined him like he usually does, but, oh, well.
Reviewed by pat00139 on March 2nd, 2006
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Early on, Mr. Lee says the helicopter footage alone in this movie amounted to about half the footage shot for his first movie, ‘Pushing Hands’. He also says he actually wants a B-movie feel in the movie. The sound effects are a bit cheesy, he says, and that’s the way he wants it. He also talks about the CG work, the locations, his intentions and the other usual things. The scene where Eric Bana first turns into the Hulk, they shot 4 takes, and Mr. Lee thought Eric Bana’s head was going to explode because he put so much into it. He’s also very nice towards the studio. He says that everybody was trying to help, to give, unlike what studios are usually known for. Also, Mr Lee shot ‘excessively’, as he puts it. Unfortunately, Mr. Lee doesn’t discuss the ending, in case you were wondering. If you don’t understand it, then I suggest scouring the message boards to figure it out. Maybe someone will help you out there. Overall, this is a nice track, although it does have its share of dead time. What I like about Mr. Lee is that he knows it’s just a movie, so no matter how dramatic it gets, he doesn’t take it too seriously.
Reviewed by TylerMirage on April 22nd, 2016
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I know this movie gets a lot of hate, but this commentary might just shed some light and make you appreciate it, even if it is just a tad more. I think that the commentary could've benefited from having additional input from either a writer or a producer (or even a separate commentary track by the technical team), but overall, Lee does all right. There's some dead air, but Lee does his best to keep the topics moving.
He describes that he wanted the movie to be more abstract and symbollic, rather than literal. It's a combination of comic book and B-movie horror flicks. The original "Frankenstein" movie was inspiration for a lot of the music, shots, framing, etc..
pat00139 brings up an interesting point that I feel a lot of people seem to forget when it comes to movies: at the end of the day, it's just a movie, so don't take it too seriously. And Ang doesn't.
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