Movie Review – The Incredible Hulk – HULK SMASH!

The Incredible Hulk

Scientist Bruce Banner desperately hunts for a cure to the gamma radiation that poisoned his cells and unleashes the unbridled force of rage within him: The Hulk. Living in the shadows–cut off from a life he knew and the woman he loves, Betty Ross–Banner struggles to avoid the obsessive pursuit of his nemesis, General Thunderbolt Ross.

The new Hulk movie came somewhat out of the blue and very quickly after the fabulous Ironman, it’s another Marvel production and considerably better than the first Ang Lee effort “Hulk“. It wasn’t as hyped as Ironman and perhaps they should have bought it out first…

Not to say it’s not a good movie, but it’s hard to compete after Ironman. It’s doing well om IMDB with a 7.9 at the moment – I’d say it’ll go down to somewhere about 7-7.2 as it’s not quite that good.

Some found the Ang Lee version much to ‘talky’, this one is a bit slow in the beginning too – it does pick up. Hulk is a sad story after all and thankfully it’s much better played out in this version though.

Edward puts in a good performance as the weakling Banner trying to hide away and solve his problem with Gamma poisoning.

Edward Norton as Bruce Banner

Liv Tyler is a bit annoying, she seems to be lacking depth..the Hulk on the other hand is fantastic. Especially the show down with the Abomination!

Hearing those immortal words of “Hulk Smash” was fantastic.

The Incredible Hulk

The rest of the cast was solid, William Hurt was great as the general and looked as though he came straight out of the book. Tim Roth was good as the slightly twisted Blonsky and the rest of the cast supported well (with the cameos from Stan Lee and the REAL Hulk Lou Ferrigno).

The Hulk is a bit of a one dimensional character himself, only the aspect of Banner adds something to the story…and the tussle between Ross and the General.

I’ll be interested to see where they take it after this.

I give it a Hulk Smashing good 7/10.

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16 Responses to Movie Review – The Incredible Hulk – HULK SMASH!

  1. kevin June 19, 2008 at 2:52 pm #

    i have to agree that liv tyler was a bit off the mark…perhaps its her sleepy dragy voice.

    ironman was cooler movie and a more overall one. but in terms of bashing, hulk wins hands down.

    from the way it goes, we can expect the avengers to follow soon after.

  2. Darren June 19, 2008 at 3:29 pm #

    this one is so much better than ang lee’s, I like it!

  3. grace June 19, 2008 at 4:39 pm #

    this is definitely way better than the Hulk acted by Eric Bana… I seriously love Edward Norton’s performance. THumbS up to Edward!~!~

    It is speculated that Captain America will be released too in future, and just before they release the Avengers….

    And ya… in terms of fighting one on one, I definitely go with HULK. I guess HULK should be rated as PG-13… it’s kinda brutal for young kids to watch….

    in terms of overall, I would prefer Ironman.

  4. Dr. Tan June 19, 2008 at 5:31 pm #

    No wonder you kept mentioning hulk smash that day, wtf.

  5. B.H. June 19, 2008 at 8:46 pm #

    Hi,

    Long time reader, first time writer. I opine that a populist rating suppository like IMDB is not the optimum way to judge a movie. I prefer Roger Ebert’s reviews, lengthier but more justification.

  6. Ohkulala June 19, 2008 at 10:47 pm #

    when i saw the trailer, i wasnt too excited about the movie. i guess ill reconsider.

  7. patrick June 20, 2008 at 1:15 am #

    this new hulk is a lot more fun than the first one with Eric Bana; as usual Ed Norton has gravitated to a “split personality” role…

  8. v0ices June 20, 2008 at 5:13 pm #

    kevin: Avengers is already in the works … 2011

  9. internet reviewer June 20, 2008 at 6:23 pm #

    I have been waiting to see the Hulk for a while now. This Hulk definitely beats the one they made a few years ago. Man, Hulk rocks!

  10. Vampire Bats June 21, 2008 at 6:42 am #

    i am looking forward to watching this movie !

  11. ruehyinn/blueepinkk June 21, 2008 at 12:38 pm #

    We will be watching it over the weekend. Really can’t wait…

  12. eiling June 22, 2008 at 1:01 pm #

    I think the movie’s good. I watched it twice and I thought I would fall asleep during the second time but I didn’t. So it has to be good IMHO.

  13. Matthew June 22, 2008 at 8:07 pm #

    Did anyone take notice of the Leader in the making? Hehe.

    Leader (comics)

  14. Huai Bin June 22, 2008 at 10:07 pm #

    I loved Hulk 2 as well, my favorite line is from the factory with the mistranslation. The famous bit where he goes “Don’t make me angry…” but due to the language barrier came out as another related word (to avoid spoilers). That made me laugh out loud. Have been using it excessively since then.

  15. ahlost June 23, 2008 at 12:08 pm #

    Bro watched twice *LOL* so I guess this movie is great. Haven’t watched it though :)

  16. ShaolinTiger June 25, 2008 at 7:09 pm #

    kevin: Yah not the right choice IMHO, Avengers is on the way you can check IMDB for Marvel Enterprises and see the upcoming movies.

    Darren: Yah definitely WAY better than the previous.

    grace: It is pretty violent, definitely better than the previous and you’re right but Captain America and The Avengers are scheduled for the same year (2011).

    Dr. Tan: Haha now you know why.

    B.H.: I agree and disagree, movie critiques have their place but you are weighing your opinion on one persons subjective feeling of that movie. They may dislike the lead actor and end up giving it a poor rating even though it’s a superb movie. Ebert’s reviews are superb, but they aren’t a gauge of movie quality. IMDB is not perfect, but it’s a decent pointer, if it scored above 6/10 on IMDB after being released for a few months it’s generally worth watching.

    Ohkulala: It’s worth a watch, not fantastic though.

    patrick: Heh yeah maybe he’s getting typecast.

    eiling: I wouldn’t watch it for the second time on the cinema, though I won’t mind getting the DVD for a re-run in the future.

    Matthew: I didn’t notice, but now you mention it..the bubbly head :D

    Huai Bin: A lot of people have been using that line, me included haha.

    ahlost: Go catch it!