Quick Takes: Hulk Vs. SPY

Hulk on Paul Feig's lack of cinema in his cinema.

THIS MOVIE IS A LOT OF FUN! HULK REALLY LIKED IT!

BUT THE FILM ALSO MADE CLEAR AN ONGOING ISSUE OF FEIG'S THAT REALLY NEEDS TO BE TALKED ABOUT. SO. WE ALL KNOW THAT FEIG HAS BOTH A REMARKABLE SENSE FOR CHARACTER AND EMPATHY, RIGHT? EVEN AT HIS MOST "JOKEY" HE ALWAYS KNOWS WHO THE PEOPLE IN HIS FILM'S ARE. IT'S PRECISELY WHY SOMEONE LIKE ROSE BYRNE IS SO DAMN INCREDIBLE IN THE FILM. IT'S NOT JUST HER ATTITUDE, BUT HER PERSPECTIVE THAT IS FUNNY. AND THAT'S WHAT MAKES FEIG GREAT, HE SHOWS YOU HOW PEOPLE SEE THINGS AND THEN DERIVES SUBLIME COMEDY FROM HOW THOSE PERSPECTIVES CLASH AGAINST OTHERS.

BUT AS FEIG KEEPS BECOMING A DESERVED POWERHOUSE IN THE INDUSTRY, THAT MEANS IT'S ALSO TIME WE TALK ABOUT HOW FEIG'S SENSE OF ACTUAL CINEMATIC LANGUAGE IS SO STUNNINGLY LACKING THAT IT'S FINALLY BECOME A PROBLEM. WELL, NOT A REAL PROBLEM, AS HE'S DOING THE MOST IMPORTANT THING A FILM COULD DO. BUT AS HE KEEPS DIVING INTO GENRE FARE IT'S SINCERELY PREVENTING HIM FROM MAKING HIS BEST POSSIBLE MOVIES. BECAUSE WHAT SHOULD FEEL LIKE BLOCKBUSTER LANGUAGE WITH HIS VOICE AND INSIGHT ARE COMING ACROSS AS WEIRDLY AIRLESS '90S TELEVISION. LETTING EVERYTHING PLAY OUT IN A WIDE ANGLE IS FINE FOR PURE DIALOGUE AND GROUP DYNAMICS, BUT THERE IS VIRTUALLY NO CINEMATIC EMPHASIS TO COMBINE WITH THE GREAT IDEAS BEHIND HIS WORK (YES, ACTION NEEDS TO BE SHOT IN WIDE, BUT YOU ALSO HAVE TO FOLLOW THE ACTION OF A KINETIC MOVEMENT, OR CUT BETWEEN THEM, OTHERWISE IT FEELS INERT. GREAT ACTION IS FINDING THE GOLDILOCKS ZONE OF DISTANCE AND IMPACT). AND WHEN THE SECOND UNIT WORK DOES SHOWS UP, IT SO RUDELY INTERRUPTS THE PROCEEDINGS AND VICE VERSA. SWEEPING HELICOPTER SHOTS CUT INTO NON-REVEALS OF JUDE LAW JUST KIND OF STANDING THERE.

AND HULK WOULD ARGUE THIS MATTERS BECAUSE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT CINEMA. IT'S NOT EVEN THE CINEMA OF THE UNDERSTATED. THERE'S BARELY EVEN A COMMAND OF MOOD. AND ALL HULK WANTS TO SAY IS THAT HE NEEDS TO JUST COMMIT TO THE IDEA AND FOLLOW THROUGH WITH THE SAME WIT AND INTELLIGENCE HE RESERVES FOR EVERY OTHER ASPECT OF HIS WORK. BECAUSE IN THE END...

A FILM LIKE GHOSTBUSTERS IS SO MUCH MORE THAN CHARACTERS OPERATING IN PLAIN SPACE, SHOUTING RANDOM INSULTS ABOUT WHAT ANOTHER CHARACTER LOOKS LIKE...

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