Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Planet Hulk

It's good to be back.

Yes right before Black Widow makes a return to the big screen I decided to review the 2010 animated feature Planet Hulk. Pretty much if you've ever wanted to see a Conan The Barbarian movie with the Hulk, look no further. I'm not entirely sure if this movie is in continuity with other animated Marvel movies at that time because the film opens with the Avengers exiling the Hulk before he albeit very contrivedly lands on a planet ruled by an evil king, where he must do battle in the arena to gain his freedom while some prophecy nonsense is spouted about him being the highlander, the Kwisatz Haderach, Neo, whatever. For a movie clocking in at 80 minutes, it doesn't feel like it. The plot is always moving at a quick pace but not to the point of confusion, and you sure get your money's worth of fight scenes easily. The animation aspect is decent, it's not highly detailed but neither is it saturday morning cartoon quality, it falls somewhere inbetween. The supporting cast of characters is also decent, each a species of the native planet, we got Korg who really just reminds me of the rock guy from Thor Ragnarok, Elloe a freedom fighter who I'm honestly surprised is not royalty, Miek who looks like a charcoal gray Zorak, and Hiroim a sort of warrior priest. So you get that sword and sorcery type story despite it being on an alien planet, with unexpected amounts of gore and a easily predictable plot. It's decent but you have to be a hardcore fan of either Marvel or the Hulk to track it down, but I got to see my favorite character smash shit and get a badass girlfriend. I genuinely can't complain too much. I was actually happy this was a speaking Hulk story instead of going for the mute brute, but I'm not sure how to feel about the red eyes he has or the odd blood thing. That's new to me. You can tell a good chunk of this movie was lifted for Thor Ragnarok while still entirely being it's own thing which I dig. It was enjoyable, basic, yet kinda fun. 3 stars, 7/10, I'm coming home for you honey on Friday!

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