Ang Lee is a filmmaker whose talent is only rivaled by his humanity and whose technical prowess is only surpassed by his ability to reach beneath the surface of the stories he tells to the beating, bleeding heart of them, which he then slowly coaxes to the screen via nuanced, dichotomous characters, intimate and dramatic situations, and a dynamic visual aesthetic. The best thing I can think to say about Ang Lee? Even his HULK movie – which for many folks is the only dark corner of his filmography – still manages to create a palpable sense of empathy for Bruce Banner that saves the film and its CGI drudgery from being a total write-off, and in fact might be the reason for its poor reception, critically and commercially: Ang Lee is too weighty a storyteller, and the kind of characterization he tried to infuse with the pulpish elements of the Hulk story just didn’t gel.
When looked at overall, however, there can be no doubt that Ang Lee is a filmmaker who has pushed himself every phase of his career, never settling into one genre or another, or one type of storytelling over another, rather instead always searching for new mines via which to plumb our human experience and bring to life hidden inner truths that resonate universally. With less than a month before his next feature – BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK – starts Oscar voters salivating, there’s no better time to re-immerse yourself in the rich, lavish, lovely and soul-stirring work of Ang Lee, and you can do just that right here thanks to editor Clark Zhu who has stitched together this loving video tribute of all the director’s films to-date.
An Ang Lee Production from Clark Zhu on Vimeo.