Review: The Incredible Hulk

Posted by: Big Marv from Hot 103  //  June 13, 2008 @ 1:24am

Filed under: Movie Reviews 

The Basic:

June 20, 2003. That was the release date of Ang Lee's The Hulk. Now, I didn't google release dates to find this out. I know this because at the time I was BEYOND excited. I counted down months, weeks, days until June 20, 2003. See, I'm a little biased. I'm a DIE HARD Hulk fan. I know every character, I have just about every issue and I could give you back stories on just about everything Hulk related. So back in June of '03...I was pretty stoked! Good cast, FANTASTIC What a stinker. It seems I wasn't the only one that felt that way. Why else would Marvel say...MULLIGAN! DO OVER! RE-DO!...just 5 years later. The good thing is, now they know what NOT to do. The Incredible Hulk has an exciting new director in Louis Leterrier (Transporter 2) and a brand, spanking new cast! Edward Norton as Bruce Banner, Liv Tyler as Betty Ross, William Hurt as Gen. Thunderbolt Ross, Lou Ferrigno as the voice of the Hulk and Tim Roth as Emil Blonski who becomes "Abomination" (Who's that? Well, Batman has Joker, and Hulk has Abomination. Get it? Good!). We also get a glimpse of the future with small parts for Doc Samson and The Leader (2 very important characters to the Hulk mythos). Ok, now that's outta the way, on to The Breakdown!

The Breakdown:

Here's the story in its most basic form:

  • Bruce Banner is caught in a Gamma radiation accident
  • Banner desperately searches for a cure
  • Hulk makes an appearence
  • Things get smashed
  • Abomination starts smashing stuff
  • Big fight to the end
  • Nice twist to cap it off.

Now along the way, this is what we get:

  • A montage to start things and FYI: they took about 3 min to explain what took Ang Lee 51min. AWESOME.
  • VERY good acting from Edward Norton, William Hurt and Tim Roth
  • Some so-so acting from Liv Tyler. Though, she's a really good cryer.
  • A little bit of romance
  • Some drama
  • A LOT of smashing! That's what Hulk does...he smashes things. He's an insurance company's nightmare.
  • Some tender Hulk moments
  • Some tounge-in-cheek Marvel Comics tidbits
  • A Stan Lee cameo
  • A Lou Ferrigno cameo
  • ...and a Surprise cameo at the end!

The Bottom Line:

You'll probably hear a lot of people saying this. In fact, you might even be saying this yourself. But this was the Hulk movie they should have made in 2003. Imagine, if this was the movie they made back then, I wouldn't be writing this review. I'd probably be writing the review for Incredible Hulk 3. I'll admit...word that Edward Norton wasn't going to promote this movie because he didn't like the shorter versions made me cringe a bit before seeing it. However, this one is well paced; it moves from the action to the drama smoothly and throws in some funny lines here and there. Hulk looks AWESOME! He's not too big and he doesn't look like Shrek in any way shape or form. The first Hulk flick tried to focus on the emotion of the character, but the funny thing is, this Hulk was portrayed more human-like. Like a mis-understood child inside a hulking monster instead of a mindless smashing machine...and that gave the Hulk so much more of an emotional connection. It felt like the REAL thing to a Hulk fanboy like me. When it was all said and done...I felt like a kid again watching it. I know I'm biased, after all that picture is how I dressed for the Hot 103 premier last Monday, but PLEASE GO SEE THIS ONE ON THE BIG SCREEN!

The Grade:

4.5 out of 5 stars. Go see it, don't make me angry, you wouldn't like it if I'm angry. (mostly because I'm a pouter)

Tags: Incredible Hulk, The, Hulk , Big, Marv, Marvel

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