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The new Hulk film was well made for a number of reasons,
This review is from: The Incredible Hulk (Widescreen Edition) (DVD)
This re-imagining of the green Goliath works far better than Ang Lee's 2003 outing that's for sure. Being an avid admirer of the Bixby/Ferrigno series in the late seventies and early eighties I found this film to be closer in spirit to the series and I definitely liked that.
The Hulk's origins are played out at the very beginning and once that's over and done with audiences are in for a fast paced and enjoyable ride. The film attempts to keep people who liked the series happy as well as the crowd who want it firmly rooted in Marvel tradition. The Hulk battles a foe called The Abomination in the final third, and by the way that fight is pretty amazing, and I gather that that's a person to be found in the original comics.
While Eric Bana was one of the few things that was positive about Hulk (2003), Norton betters him here. He's such a natural performer and he can convey so much with mere expressions. He was the perfect choice to play Banner, in some ways he reminded me of Bixby. Tim Roth is one of those actors who's always good and he doesn't falter here. But William Hurt really surprised me. I've always thought he was good but I'd have to say this is his finest performance in many years. General Ross is a much better written character here than in the 2003 version and Hurt simply excels in the part.
As for the CGI, they work really well. The Hulk looks extremely cool and far better here. He doesn't continue to grow as he gets angrier and while that may annoy some I actually found it a plus. And those huge leaps are history as well, he jumps far enough but nothing compared to Ang Lee's version.
The Incredible Hulk does well what it intends to do which is entertain. Overall it's full of action, very well acted and fairly well written. Must See!
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Initial post: Sep 8, 2008 1:51:27 PM PDT
Looks like four stars all around for this one. Nothing if not consistent. HULK SMASH!!!!
Posted on Sep 8, 2008 4:45:41 PM PDT
Allright, you are good. I still gotta see this. Didja like this better than Ang's version?
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2008 6:22:33 PM PDT
Trashcanman-Its great makeover for the Hulk and I'm glad someone done it right, Hulk Smash Hard!
Chris-I'm surprise your son haven't ask you to see this yet.... Are you holding out on him tsk...tsk.. and I know your being funny asking me that question, your self else Mr. Criterion ;-)
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2008 6:42:27 PM PDT
My son and wife went to see this without me, can you believe the nerve? I had to work.
Posted on Sep 8, 2008 9:16:02 PM PDT
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HULK thinks this is a gggrrrreeeaaaattt review!!!
HULK misses milady Jenny!!!
HULK thinks she is the best!!
Jenny is Hulk's friend! Give Jenny a vote or Hulk will crush you like fruit!!!
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2008 11:42:36 AM PDT
Chris-Awwww....thats sort of messed up because you miss a good thing I hope they didn't gloat when they gave you their feedback but if they did we are here for you ;-)
Woopak-Lol, You guys were talking like that through out your entire thread....too cute! Milady is happy to back & Milady thanks you!
Posted on Sep 13, 2008 1:31:30 PM PDT
This out did Ang Lee's Hulk in every possible area, I really enjoyed this film.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2008 5:18:10 AM PDT
I also grew up with the tv-series without reading the magazines alot, so I was very disturbed by ANG LEE'S film where THE HULK was a 10 feet tall monster that could jump to the moon with an un-natural strenght. However, they say that it was like this in the original magazine?. So this one is better even if HULK is still animated, which I found annoying by the way. Edward Norton over Eric Bana is not a hard choise. Cause he's one of the finest actors of his generation. It's also interesting with the The Abomination, I recall him. Anyway, As always great review. You perfectly manage to mention the important details with an excellent language without being repetitive or revealing too much. That's why you're the best Jenny!.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2008 1:06:53 AM PDT
Dominion Ruler- This film surly has and this is an entirely different beast. Plus the story is much stronger and better developed. Glad you enjoyed it also.
Joe-Aww your to sweet Joe, Thanks for your comment---your words make it all worth while Music Lover! Edward Norton was a great choice to play Bruce Banner. His normal guy physique and mannerisms made Banner much more believable than Eric Bana's. There were also more scenes that focused on Bruce Banner's struggles, for instance when he's always left feeling weak, flashbacks that led to his abnormality and the shower scene. All the 2003 version did was elongate the introduction whereas this one cut to the chase and didn't waste time. Overall, I was very pleased that this wasn't a disappointment. An action packed blockbuster with superb performances esp. from Ed Norton.
Posted on Sep 18, 2008 11:30:37 PM PDT
M. Gibb says:
I much preferred Ang Lees more cerebrail Hulk for many reasons but at least the hulk looked real in Ang Lees version. He did have more money though.