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PLOT SUMMARY: Hulk lands on another planet and is forced to become a gladiator.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Other planets are full of savages that need to be smashed.

PEOPLE: Tons of voice actors, including Kevin Michael Richardson, Lisa Ann Beley (Teela from the 2000s He-Man cartoon) as Caiera, but really nobody too well known. Directed by Sam Liu (Superman/Batman:Public Enemies, Hulk Vs., The Batman Vs. Dracula)

QUIRKS: Sci-fi meets fantasy, as a spaceship exiles Hulk from earth, depositing him into a society that may as well be from a fantasy movie.

VISUALS: Good animated action! HULK SMASH!!! However, the animation COULD have been better. Still good, but not great.

POLITICS: Intellectual property laws originally created to help the artists instead kept us from seeing Hulk fight Silver Surfer in round 3. Nevermind that the creator of the Silver Surfer, Jack Kirby, died 15 yrs ago. We better “protect” him by not letting his creation be used. Wow. We’ve come so far. [/sarcasm] And yes, I know the rationalizations that would be used in response to this. He worked for a company, they owned works created while he was employed for them, yada yada. This is simply because they had the printing presses, and they made the rules. Being legal doesn’t make it right. I’m very bugged any time ANY law affects ANY piece of art in a way that is counter to the creative process.

MORALS: HULK SMASH!!!

BAD STUFF: The Hulk that never turns into Bruce Banner, even when he’s calm. Carolyn didn’t know that the Hulk character has had so many different statuses (grey, green, smart, dumb, able to turn back, not, etc) over his various incarnations, and was confused about this, as they seemed to be breaking the rules. But like vampire interpretations, Hulk has many interpretations. I thought at some point in the comic canon, Hulk couldn’t turn back, period, and was stuck that way. But apparently, there isn’t really an official explanation. The writer offered an explanation that the atmosphere on this other planet was toxic, so if he turned back, he would die. But the director offers a completely different explanation, that the cosmic rays that flooded his spaceship somehow changed him. Both of them are kind of grasping at straws. If there was a real answer, it would be planned, and they both would know it. So this does indeed seem to be poorly thought out and/or executed.

However, I don’t think it really made the movie worse. It just causes you to have that lingering thought in the back of your head: “Why no Bruce Banner?”

CONCLUSION: Another good animated superhero movie… The rate of these coming out seems to have greatly increased lately.

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 6.8/10, Netflix: 3.8/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 4.2/5 stars).

RECOMMENDATION: Hulk lovers should see this!

SIMILAR MOVIES: Marvel and DC have been releasing a lot of animated movies based on their heroes lately… And they’ve all been pretty damn good.

It would be interesting — though maybe a pointless deviation from canon — to see this as an animated series, where Hulk is stuck on this other planet.

Also, make sure to check out Drunk Hulk on Twitter. It’s not really that funny compared to other joke twitter accounts, but it’s pretty topical. And the page background is hilarious.

MOVIE QUOTE: Hulk: Finally! Now I know who to smash!

Mood: car again!!!
Music: Voivod – Quantum