“Ang talks about what it’s like to conquer a film essentially, to go on a great journey and finally get to a point where you have reached a moment where the story you’re trying to tell, in your heart and in your mind, and what comes out on the screen seem to coincide. That point of mastery is something that is beyond you and it reaches for something greater.”
Ultimately, Ang Lee’s Hulk is about taking risks and attempting to transform the genre of hero-action movies in the same way the director has experimented with the conventions of genre in his past films. In stretching to create a unique vision, the filmmakers worked hard to bring a depth to the film that is surprising in its sophistication.
Each of Ang Lee’s films that followed Sense and Sensibility was radically different, and presented different risks and challenges, from all those that preceded it.
“I have a lot of curiosity; I feel my career is like a prolonged film school. I just love to learn how to make movies.”
Now that research has shown that childhood bullying produces long-term detrimental effects, it is even more urgent that every effort be made not only to put an end to bullying but also to seek out and embrace and protect its victims, to help them summon the courage to be who they truly are, to find and follow their bliss.
As I got a bit older Bill began taking me out to some of his favourite haunts. We smoked Dunhill cigarettes and we drank whiskey from a mickey he kept in the glove compartment of the Beetle as we drove through Stanley Park. He talked to me of music and of the meaning and value of friendship and loyalty.
Professor Wolke points out that “the worst outcomes we found [were] for those children who were bullied at school and bullied at home. Just imagine the child: you go to school and you get victimized there, and then you go home and the same thing happens there – because these are children who don’t have a safe place anywhere.”
A person who has been bullied does not “grow out of” the fear that unremitting bullying causes; the fear simply goes underground, quietly working its poison into the nervous system of a life, shutting down passion, stifling creativity, mocking love.
But where is the intense global mourning and outrage for the victims of Boko Haram in Nigeria? For those who died in the central station in Ankara? For the victims of Flight 9268? Is our grief for them less because they are geographically farther away from us than Paris? Or is there another reason?
This beautiful film is about change and growth and new beginnings. It is a credit to the makers of this film and to the actors that bring it to life that these changes appear to arise naturally from the circumstances and character of each member of the group.