The Incredible Hulk Review- He Said, She Said
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He SaidLast weekend I saw the new "Hulk" movie. All I can say is, Shit that was great! Originally I wasn't going to. A lot of bad press and negative hype, almost doomed this movie in to a DVD rental for me. Then I realized that I was letting the opinions of a few elitists judge for me what is, and is not entertainment. I needed to see how bad this movie was for myself. And I'm so glad I did. In a nutshell the Hulk plays out like a mixture of "The Fugitive", "King Kong" and a dash of "American Werewolf in London," for good measure. All of this is interwoven with great dialogue, and at times even better acting. The movie really captures the destitute life of Bruce Banner, and the curse he bares. Something that the show did very well. (While on that subject, fans of the original show will definitely be in for a treat.) There aren't many action scenes, but the ones there are incredibly visceral and violent. The introduction to each creature was done exceptional well, revealing only bits and pieces of anatomy using a documentary style of filming. Even without these sparse CG scenes the story is still strong enough to keep you interested in the characters. Granted there are a few silly moments towards the end, but if you never had a problem with the ridiculously cheesy microwave gun at the end of "Batman Begins", then you won't even flinch with these. The Hulk model still looks fake, but at least he isn't neon green like the first movie. I still believe if they simply kept the face real and kept the body CG this wouldn't be an issue. It worked great for Mr Hyde, but I'm sure the reasoning is that the far set eyes and monkey like nose of the Hulk is something that is iconic of the character and cant be realistically done with a human face. Either case. It was excellent and I rank it up there with "Ironman". Thanks again for the great review, Mindchamber
And now for my 2 cents!
Well golly, it turns out Marvel Studios still knows how to make good solid superhero movies! A credible Hulk!
Marvel Entertainment is 2-for-2 so far this summer hitting home runs with "Iron Man" and now "The Incredible Hulk!" For five years now , Marvel has been trying to figure out what to do with one of their most popular comic book characters. Director Ang Lee's Hulk turned out to be a major dud! Finally the decision was made to "re-imagine" the character, (which is a nice way of saying that the first 2003 film sucked incredibly and would be ignored!)
We all pretty much know the story by now right? Bruce Banner struggles to shake off the effects of his Hulkness. So the premise- Dr. Jekyll mixed with King Kong with a dash of "The Fugitive" is basically about a man trying to escape his superpowers. "The Fugitive" you ask? Yeah, that's right, "The Fugitive! "The Incredible Hulk" is essentially an action/chase movie. French action director Louis Leterrier (the Transporter movies) gives us what we want when we go to a super-hero movie... badass, kickass and asskicking action.! Hulk smash!
Star Edward Norton (Bruce/Hulk), who reportedly tinkered more than a little with the script, made darn well sure the hero or anti-hero if you will, still broods over the curse of his cells being poisoned by gamma radiation. And it works. I give him and the screenwriters a lot of credit. I mean it must be hard to come up with fresh as well interesting material. The Hulk, as incredible as he may be, doesn't really do much other than lose it and smash stuff up. Hulk Smash! SideNote: Ed Norton has developed quite a reputation for being a perfectionist (nice way of saying difficult) and for rewriting every script for every movie he does.
You Wouldn't Like It If I Were Overly Excited? I mean...Angry!
They mixed things up a lil' in this version, apparently there are new ways that can trigger full blown green episodes. Previously, anger was the trigger. But this movie more than suggests that any type of excitement can cause an incredible transformation. Use your imagination here folks; this is a G rated site after all.
"The Incredible Hulk" pays homage in many ways to the popular 70's TV show. For example, Lou Ferrigno (Hulk) has a cameo playing security guard. Bill Bixby (a very, very young Bill Bixby, but still Bill Bixby) gets a little air time.There's also a brief snippet of the TV show's theme song music, and an classic shot of Banner walking alone, hitchhiking. Plus, Stan Lee makes his obligatory cameo. SideNote: He and Ferrigno are the only two to appear in both "Hulk" and "The Incredible Hulk".
Not-so-jolly Green Giant
The CG of Hulk is good, a little cartoonish but, considering that this is adapted from a comic book, that's not neccesarily a bad thing. He looks CGi-ish but short of painting a man green I'm not sure how you're going to get around that.The Hulk isn't bright green any longer.Nope, now the director has rendered him in a more believably grayish-green.
In the end, did I love it? Yes! Did I feel like I stepped into an alternate comic bok universe? Umm....no. But the reason could be that I am not technically a comic book "fan" but you see that's o.k. That only goes on to prove that this movie can be enjoyed by fanboys and casual viewers alike. Incredible!