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The Incredible Hulk Case Study | That Betty Ross Tranquilizer

With Hulk and Thor‘s epic clash right around the corner, it’s time to reminisce about one of the most crucial chapters of Hulk’s life – Betty Ross. She’s a forgotten page in Bruce Banner’s life that once held steadfast to hold the entire plot of the Hulk story on her soft hands. With Marvel gone completely off track trying to form stories for the sake of mere adrenaline, it is high time we paid homage to the ultimate sedative of monsters all across the globe.

The Beauty Beast Love Syndrome

We have been smitten by the concept of beauty and the beast since time immemorial. And we don’t have to turn pages of history to know that it has always been that way. Mankind has invariably ended up thinking in that direction one way or the other. It’s the rage that does it for them, and it takes a beauty to sedate them. It’s like a perfect shot that every human can relate to.

Hulk is a paragon of that very thought. It was born with that nub of going rogue, of literally becoming a beast of fury, destroying everything and everyone who came in the wake of his turning. He was derived from ideas originating from Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. And we have seen a lot of similar ideas being executed in King Kong movies too.

He is indestructible, and that isn’t just the best part of being him. At least the writers who brought him into the world weren’t thinking his invincibility to be the only amazing thing about him. And I am glad that the Hulk origin story is so much more than what he has ended up becoming today – a mere exhibit for cheap thrills.

Betty Ross – Hulk’s Love Interest

If memory allows you to reinstate past images, you must remember Betty Ross, Bruce Banner’s girlfriend. With a beautiful past that captures his soft side for Betty Ross, suddenly leaving the thread hanging creates a gargantuan hole in Bruce’s heart. His becoming an angry green monster out of the blue takes him away from her unknowingly. Those are broken strings of unfulfilled love. Only lovers who have loved and lost can fathom its huge import.

So there he is! A green monstrous demonic machine that decimates everything that comes his way. He is angry, blame it to the accidental gamma radiations. He only speaks the language of smashing and come what may, he wouldn’t stop. To make such a behemoth dormant isn’t an easy task. And you are already aware nothing, and I mean nothing from this world can make that happen. What do you do?

The Solution

The answer to his rage is none other than Betty. The yin to his yang. The antidote that will forever keep him in check. Hulk can’t possibly imagine hurting her, even in his sub-conscious destructive mode. Just put her there in front of him, and he will change course, or fall like a beast that falls for beauty. It’s like a sudden spurt of hormones inside him that releases because of his insane love for the woman who wears him down almost instantly.

The Beauty and the Beast Hulk and Betty Ross art

It’s the good in him that supersedes then, turning him into his alter ego Bruce Banner who is abounding with love for Betty. Betty is the answer to his wrath. Betty is his cure.

And as always – Love overpowers Anger.

Time to Empathize

Somewhere in our hearts we know the colossal significance behind it. Man has forever been that quintessential beast of destruction, and there’s nothing, literally nothing in the world that could stop him but a thing that’s immensely close to his heart. You put it up, and there’s no way you wouldn’t find a fidget in his step.

Put yourself in his body for a second and think. When you are mad like hell, and you just don’t care about the world, you want to bring harm to yourself and to others with your action, what are your thoughts the? Extreme outrage I presume. But what would bring you to your normal self? The exact opposite – the counter attack in the form of extreme love!

Everyone has that one Betty Ross in their lives who is capable of bringing the Bruce Banner, the good guy out of them. The beauty to their beast. If you tack her against him to answer, he will sing like a canary. She’s the ultimate respite. She’s the goddamn cavalry capable of knocking beasts with memories of past. If you are wired to one, you know who.

Beauty, Nay, Betty is a Notion

And she doesn’t have to be a she. It could be the other way around or even better, a mere notion of love. That’s all there is to it.

Hulk was intelligently fabricated with that stunning notion, and every time I see him go nuts, I can’t help but think about how Betty used to be one of the reasons to pacify him. What a beautiful thought to bring out a fascinating monster!

Betty Ross and Bruce Banner

Today, a series of comics, animations, and adaptations of the green mammoth wonder have been flaring up within split seconds, and trust me nobody’s complaining, I still think that particular essence of building an epitome of destruction went missing somewhere. The enormous reason behind building a colossus ended up getting lost.

It’s like we have once again overlooked poetry.

Beauty and the Beast Review (2017) | An Exhilarating Musical to Revive the Age Old Fairy Tale

How many times have we seen this gargantuan heartfelt epic romance take shape? Every era has its own version of Beauty and the Beast, a fairy tale that had once originated in the beautiful mind of Gabrielle -Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. Over the years we saw its retelling, we saw it getting hammered in the form of TV series, animated movies and what not. The fairy tale would never fail to surprise as long as there is that tinge of magic in it to support it, thoughtful verses that send us brooding and music that aggrandizes prospering love. Fortunately Bill Condon‘s Beauty and the Beast movie retains all these elements.

Theme and Cast of Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast is a theatrical feat that gambols along with its extraordinary music. Yes, it’s a musical and I think only an alluring musical could do a gorgeous fairy tale like that justice. On one side of the ring we have the gorgeous beauty Belle, who Emma Watson wears quite beautifully making it her very own persona. On the other side of the ring is none other than the cursed Beast, who by the way is a softie trapped in a monstrous body played by Dan Stevens. He could have really used a little less CGI, or a better one, now that we have already boldly ventured into that territory.

still of luke evans as gaston in beauty and the beast

Not to forget the very handsome Luke Evans who is as perfect, confident and rad with his dialogues, er, songs as he looks in reality. Casting for Gaston happened perfectly there. We have LeFou done by Josh Gad who is one of the most entertaining dimwits in the movie. He alleviates perversion with his outlook.

Voices of Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, Lumiere were done beautifully by the likes of Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, and Ewan McGregor. Stanley Tucci hid under the veil of Maestro Cadenza pretty good.

Mocking Society

While this might have been like an umpteenth adaptation, I liked Beauty and the Beast for its hard-hitting veracity. The fact that it stuck to reflect things as they are or are supposed to be in real life, is something that connected with me the most. It is a satire on human perception, of how things work around a town that scoffs at a person who thinks differently. It is a parable that reflects how mob works, that how easy it is to egg them with a cunning spark.

The opening scene that showcases Belle’s obsession with the books, and how everyone in town sees education as a curse goes on to mock ignorant societal elements who want to churn the world their way. While at one end Belle is ahead of her time clearly seeing through it all, the insular mob in her little village wants her to follow its footsteps. People don’t like different and that’s what they hate about Belle.

Your library makes our small corner of the world feel big.

Whilst Belle is busy trying to find a world that isn’t as insolent as the one she is living in, she seems to have come to terms with it, and found the perfect abode in her books. She is thriving in a world that doesn’t get her. I guess a lot of us can relate to her in that aspect.

Materialistic Judgments

It takes our protagonist a curse to make him realize that materialism wanes. That whatever we judge based on the way it looks or appears is a curse per se because beauty is always hidden.

He fell into despair and lost all hope, for who could ever learn to love a beast?

Gaston, au contraire, is braided just the opposite. He is an irritable narcissist who can’t see beyond the material world that engulfs him. Him talking to the mirror carving a living satire with remarks like,

No one deserves you, but at least your children will be beautiful.

Goes on to show how he is full of it. He is a paragon of beauty and strength, which are things that the world is quick to judge you by.  They think exactly what he thinks of him, and fail to see what’s underneath his veil.

still of Belle and Beast in Beauty and the Beast

That salient materialism is in the punitive action of the beast too. When he punishes Maurice, Belle’s father, for life, for merely picking a flower.

He means forever. Apparently that’s what happens around here if you pick a flower.

People are so full of it that they are quick to deliver judgments. There is hatred in the heart of the beast and hatred is one of the primal causes of things that affect one’s judgment. He has punished a man with a life sentence for just picking a flower! His world’s no different from the one that we live in. The flower was dear to him, and that was it – Reason enough for him to punish and have his revenge.

You can’t judge people by who their father is, can you?

In a way the movie elicits a satire out of human perception, emotions and judgments.

Love Takes Time

People don’t fall in love in a moment. That too when there’s a ghastly creature involved; You can’t fall in love with him in a snap of a finger. You have to be around, spend ample time around someone that looks different to truly understand him, to even venture that lane.

She had seen that there was no love in his heart.

Overlooking everything takes time, and that’s what the movie sells. Belle spends ample time with the Beast enough to understand him, to accept him despite that apparent skewed image of his. Love was gradual and it was very much relatable unlike some Hollywood muck we come across every once in a while.

Then it teaches us how clingy never works with people. If we truly love someone we have to give them space. That’s what Beast does when he lets Belle return to her village. He couldn’t have possibly asked her to stay, and wished to earn her trust.

Can anybody be happy if they aren’t free?

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Issues with the Movie

If you are thinking, by now, the movie was outright impeccable, I would have to sadly add: No. There were plenty of drawbacks in Beauty and the Beast. The first and foremost being the fact that you could feel the contrivance knocking at the big screen at every juncture. Emotions were often absent. Behind that awful CGI you couldn’t see Dan Stevens reacting the way he should have. Despite how committed Emma Watson appeared in her role, Dan felt quite the opposite. He didn’t quite fit the bill, and would often get carried away with animation.

image of lumiere and cogsworth in beauty and the beast

Their chemistry wasn’t quite right either. Didn’t evoke a keen sense of longing when they weren’t together, didn’t draw out emotions when there timing was right. Everything seemed placed awkwardly like marionettes. With Lumiere taking most of the screen time , and some zany bits loosely hanging around in every scene, the movie takes away its requisite seriousness.

You must forgive first impressions.

Climax has been bluntly filled with a tasteless flavour. It rushes in eventually as if all we wanted to see was the revived cast heading into another ball. Questionable editing there! People who like to have proper focus in their movies, it’s clearly not for them.

Then you can’t really overlook how the movie doesn’t project the enchantress properly as well. She walks in at a time when she was needed as if she was supposed to be there. No character build up, nothing. She was a mere needle in the haystack.

The Final Verdict

People who are averse to musicals might not enjoy all that singing. But those who love musicals are going to love this beautiful flick. Pay attention to what the characters have to say through apparent metaphors, and you might even enjoy the musical more than anything.

Different timbres and tempo and the deafening music in the flick is something that makes the movie an enjoyable hoot. It is as loud as it is supposed to be. We can’t thank the composers Alan Menken and Howard Ashman enough for that.

Gaston stands out, hands down, as one of the finest antagonists, and something that you might remember the movie by. As far as feelings and emotions were concerned the movie failed to induce that.

You can check out the trailer of the flick here:

X-Men: Apocalypse Review (2016)

X-Men: Apocalypse will have you brimming with mixed feelings about the movie. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that it is Bryan Singer’s most mediocre Marvel attempt ever. Kind of a mixed baggage actually, has so many flaws and yet so many thrilling scenes to keep you riveted.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE ATTIRE

En Sabah Nur is here. But no one takes him seriously. Is it the attire? Is it the other-worldliness? Or is it the fact that he gets scorned at so many times that people laugh at him? Or it could probably be the panache Oscar Isaac was missing? In the comical world Apocalypse is a complete badass, who makes death his servant. Even the animated series is trickling down with his inhumane acts. Here, not so much.

SPOILERS X AHEAD:

The good thing about the movie is that it is really dark. Death is a quickie affair and Singer doesn’t stop singing with it throughout the flick. What he tries gorgeously this time to bring in the front-line is the spotlight Summers deserves and Tye Sheridan aces Scott to perfection. He gets a proper screen time unlike prequels with a really powerful laser shot that will give you happy feels for him.

The high point of X-Men Apocalypse is Peter Maximoff hands down. He brings in a few laughs as he coolly sways around in bullet time to set things right. Watch out for that awesome bit!

Michael Fassbender is still the pillar holding this X-Men timeline together. With his extraordinary acting prowess he makes Magneto one of the most revered characters ever. You can’t help but feel sorry for the fate he ends up with every single time when he tries to do good. James McAvoy still does a great Charles. We finally get to see Alex Summers in action, but sadly it was ephemeral.

DOWNSIDES OF X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

I didn’t like the fact that Singer decided to go with a theatrical resounding voice for Apocalypse whenever he would try to jackhammer a point. Also, Apocalypse isn’t really psychotic, not at all terrifying to look at, and it would seem hanging out with him wouldn’t be a problem. His regalia quite odd and the flair we expected in him badly missing.

That Wolverine bit in the X-Men: Apocalypse will definitely give you the jitters, but Jean trying to pacify the animal seemed so forced that you wonder where the subtlety is. We could have lived without it Bryan! At times the movie flings into uncalled corners where you can pinpoint the incongruity and the missing gravity. Characters don’t spend time grieving or even wonder-struck at what’s happening. We can blame editing for that.

OTHER MCU CHARACTERS IN X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

We see Jubilee here and finally some Sentinels that will fill you up with the animated series’ nostalgic vibes. Blob cameo was a pleasant wink. Eventually we get a glimpse at what’s coming in Wolverine 3 which makes MCU imminence a delectable treat. Wink at Mister Sinister!

But you still overlook it all since it is a comic after all. Things are supposed to hole that way. All in all it was really entertaining.

There is no better way to put it as Jean, who says,

“At least we can all agree the third one is always the worst”.

I am not going to debate on that. She just proves the point, as if Bryan knew midway that X-Men: Apocalypse was going to end up in shambles, and tries to justify the movie with that sneer.

All in all, X-Men: Apocalypse is nothing but a one time forgetful watch.