Released the same summer as Iron Man, the second attempt at a big screen Hulk is sadly still cluttered at best. I’ll say this now, it’s an improvement from Ang Lee’s Hulk but it’s still missing a key ingredient to get the formula right.
The issues with Edward Norton’s draft of the script and clashes with the director are well documented, but lets just judge the film on the finished product alone.
There’s no denying it lacks the slick style and feel of Iron Man and it’s nowhere near as much fun. Granted not every Marvel character can be as charming as Tony Stark, The Incredible Hulk is still just as beloved by its fans and they desperately want a movie worthy of the iconic character.
The story catches up with Bruce Banner after he’s been on the run for sometime, he’s learned to control his inner demons and he searching for a cure. There is a nice frantic pace in the first half hour, but this soon runs out of steam until the clumsy CGI monster mash finale.
Norton makes for a compelling Bruce Banner, he brings depth to the role but he makes the mistake of being too intense. You don’t expect Banner to be wise cracking and making his condition a joke, but come on man, lighten up a bit.
Liv Tyler is criminally wasted as Banner’s long suffering wife Betty, the role is sorely underdeveloped and much of the emotional side of the story is lost. A saving grace is Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky, who becomes Hulk’s most famous foe The Abomination. Clearly having a blast (in an underwritten role), it’s always great to see Roth ham it up as big budget movie villain.
It’s not a terrible movie, it’s just not a very good one either and it sort of makes you angry that another $150m has been spent to get a so so movie. Over time these films will be viewed more as chapters in a bigger story, so the odd misfire can be forgiven.
The post credits scene is delicious, Tony Stark dropping in to see General Ross sets the next recruit to the Avengers initiative but he would morph into Mark Ruffalo the next time we see the good Doctor.
I truly hope Hulk gets a solo outing post Avengers, based on the reviews so far Ruffalo is the best Banner/Hulk so far. No offense Lou Ferrigno.
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