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Jun 20

The Incredible Hulk

Category: Movies,Reviews

Marvel is on a role. After a few years we finally get to see the Hulk movie we’ve been waiting for. This one definitely brings destruction to the big screen.

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       It’s been a few years since we’ve seen a Hulk film, the previous being Ang Lee’s version of the green goliath which drew some negative feedback. While it was a rather slow paced story and kind of dry when it came to all out hulk destruction, I did enjoy this film. It developed the character well and showed the downsides of living a Jekyll and Hyde life. However, I did agree that it could have packed a bigger punch. Now we come to 2008 where we get to see this character in the big screen again, this time under a new director and new writers (one being Ed Norton). How was the final product? It was as hard hitting as any hulk film could be.

       The film doesn’t waste time explaining what we already know about the origins of the character. It breezes through a brilliant opening sequence which gives us all the information that we need to know. This movie gets treated as some sort of sequel. The military, lead by General Ross (William Hurt), is on the search for Dr Bruce Banner who is in hiding. Their mission is to obtain Dr Banners research which turned him into the green goliath so that they could create an army of Hulk like individuals to use as weapons. The hunt plays out for the majority of the film and it’s a big adrenaline rush. Edward Norton does a great job as Bruce Banner and I prefer him over Eric Bana in the first movie. Even though Bana did a good job, he just didn’t fit the role all that great. Physically he was more in shape whereas Bruce Banner is a scrawny character in the comics. Sorry Ed but you are pretty scrawny. You still rule though. The best role however had to be played by Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky. Tim Roth is one of the best actors out there and he fit perfectly playing this villainous role. He’s been pretty low key so hopefully this film puts him back on the radar.

       What about the look of the Hulk? He definitely looks a lot better than Ang Lee’s version. It has a less cartoon feel but instead is closer to something real. It’s not totally perfect but it is a big improvement. Hulks enemy, the Abomination, is also well designed. This character is huge and scary and is a perfect villain for our hero. The final show down between these two is amazing. It’s fast paced, hard hitting and the visuals are unbelievably good. It’s the kind of mayhem that was missing from the first movie but they nailed it in this one.

       It’s incredible to see how Marvel is handling its characters. First we get Nick Fury and S.H.E.I.L.D in Iron Man. Now we have the Hulk which features many surprises which makes the Avengers movie more real. This is a fans dream come true and a pat on the back to Marvel. We can only hope that the Ant-Man movie doesn’t blow. Also, Stan Lee’s Cameo appearance just keeps getting better.

       If you weren’t a fan of the Ang Lee’s Hulk don’t let that film turn you away from this one. The Incredible Hulk is as good as any Hulk movie can be. Marvel is on a role and it’s doing a great job developing and interlocking their characters. The Incredible Hulk definitely brings destruction to the big screen and I loved every moment of it.

 4 out of 5 stars

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