Movie Review: 'The Incredible Hulk'

Movie Review: 'The Incredible Hulk'

Summary: Another Marvel Comic brought to the big screen… I guess they are running out of comics because this is the second time in five years the Incredible Hulk is at the movies.

Published June 13, 2008

hulkSummary : Another Marvel Comic brought to the big screen… I guess they are running out of comics because this is the second time in five years the Incredible Hulk is at the movies.

Dr. Bruce Banner has uncontrollable anger problems after toying with science. If his blood pressure gets too high he morphs into a green, muscle bound, unruly beast—who happens to have an incredible jaw line! The government wants to use him as a weapon of mass destruction, he wants to be cured of his green anger, and therefore, he is on the run.

Review : "The Incredible Hulk" has no one of the same cast from 2003’s "Hulk." This time around, "Hulk" stars the always superb Edward Norton as Dr. Banner. Norton manages to save the film by casting a morbid, human presence on his character, similar to the television series from the late seventies. Even with the implausibility of Dr. Banner magically walking from Brazil to Mexico and suddenly ending up in Virginia, you are still routing for him, especially in the high-octane action sequences.

The plump-lipped Liv Tyler plays Banner’s girlfriend, who is torn between him being a humongous, lawless brute, who happens to have amazing abs, and the man she once loved… poor Liv.

The over abundance of CGI effects nearly turns the high-budget film into a video game. You can practically see the green screen in every scene and Hulk basically looks like a cartoon. I miss the days when actors actually had make-up and elaborate costumes for their superhero characters.

Whatever the case, "The Incredible Hulk" is a good film because of the strong plot. In addition, the action is great, no cheesy comic book one-liners and, most importantly, there isn’t a film that Edward Norton can’t carry.

On another note, the final battle takes place in Harlem—right next to the Apollo Theatre (yes, you see the Apollo!) and a chicken shack on the corner. I guess the creators of The Incredible Hulk felt like since there isn’t one black cast member in the film—hell, they’ll be happy if Hulk and his enemy rage through the hood.

Grade : B

"The Incredible Hulk" is in theaters today.

Written by Clay Cane

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