‘The Incredible Hulk’ with Edward Norton, A Movie Review/ Observation

by on January 25, 2011

in Entertainment, movie reviews

The Incredible Hulk (2008), starring Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt and more, is actually something of a surprise for me. The screenplay is written by Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand, X2 ) and directed by Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans, Transporter franchise; upcoming: Wrath of the Titans).

When I first saw The Incredible Hulk back in 2008, I was a different kind of movie-goer. I was all about the green. All I wanted to do was see the mean, green man in action. But I just happen to be catching the movie on TV tonight and I’m finding myself impressed and drawn in with the human struggles that Dr. Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) is experiencing.

Today, I’m a different movie watcher and this time around I’m appreciating the human struggle. (Crap, I’m growing up!)

This is more of a tale of the chase between General Ross (Hurt) and Banner and is not an origins movie. The first one, the 2003 Hulk did that, and Ang Lee wore that out with his take on the franchise.. This new one, The Incredible Hulk, is done rather well as there’s seemingly more of a realistic focus on the characters.

Presentation

When Bruce does eventually change in the beginning of the film, if you’ve never, ever seen what The Hulk looks like, you’ll be wonderfully teased with the big green guy first changing and only being given glimpses of the beast in the shadows. We don’t fully see the angry version of Dr. Bruce Banner until midway into the movie. I found this technique a nice touch. Of course, if you’ve never seen the Hulk, I have to wonder what cave you have been habitating!?

Throughout the movie, there are great little nuances where they pay homage to the original comic & TV franchise with glimpses of Lou Ferrigno and a shot at the classic purple pants. As the movie progresses, we see the evolution of Tim Roth into the Abomination… the ultimate bad guy The Incredible Hulk has to face off with in the end of the movie.

I found the movie enjoyable and focused on the characters more than the monsters.

Norton’s issues were believable, Hurt played the role exquisitely as the angry, vengeful father/general and Roth just oozed the anxious, eager soldier who was looking for the one bit of edge that would keep this aging soldier a viable fighter.

Movie Ranking for The Incredible Hulk: Enjoyable.

PS: It’s a shame that Norton had his issues with the studios. In the upcoming The Avengers movie helmed by Joss Whedon, Mark Ruffalo is playing Bruce Banner.

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Gilberto Edwards March 30, 2011 at 11:16 am

I meet Lou Ferrigno for the first in comic book convention, in orlando forida. its called Mega-con 2011. It seems not really reponding to much because hes has a alot of issues with marvel the fans thats not buying his pictures and taking picture autographs. I told him that he still could play the hulk still. I buy his autograph picture with me and Lou Ferrigno first then I brought his hulk picture. And at the End I said buy to Lou Ferrigno and he smile and shake me hand.

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