Movie Review - The Incredible Hulk
Starring Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, and William Hurt
Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence, some frightening sci-fi images, and brief suggestive content.
Run Time of 114 Minutes.
Now, Marvel Studios feels the need to 'reboot' the franchise by starting over. This new flick is a completely different flick and has nothing to do with the first film. Did they do a good job? Depends on who you ask, but most fans are thrilled as it ups the action/adventure and skimps on the talking bits.
Overall, the Incredible Hulk tells the story of Dr Bruce Banner, who seeks a cure to his unique condition, which causes him to turn into a giant green monster under emotional stress. Whilst on the run from military which seeks his capture, Banner comes close to a cure. But all is lost when a new creature emerges; The Abomination.
The story has got lots of holes and some interesting parts that don't seem to make sense. Recently the director shared that they cut over 70 minutes worth of content from the original film. Maybe that's where some of the explanation goes for the random stuff that happens for no apparent reason. All in all, the flick has a decent story but it doesn't feel fleshed out enough. Another huge issue is the fact that we don't feel like the Hulk is a superhero. He doesn't really help or do anything heroic till the very end and to me, I felt like he couldn't do it. The music was there, the effects were there, but it didn't feel right. It felt like we were supposed to cheer for a person that has just ran away the entire flick. In Iron Man, we see Tony Stark's conversion into Iron Man, we see him play with the abilities, and then we see him kick some butt. In the Hulk, we see him run away, we see him throw a few things while trying to get away, we see him run away again, and eventually we see him fight a guy. There is no development into the hero that we should have seen. This is where the original 2003 Hulk excelled. The audience felt connected to the Hulk, but then he didn't do anything. Now, the audience doesn't feel connected to the Hulk, and he does something. I think the best way to enjoy the Hulk would be to reedit the two movies together to form the 'best' Hulk film.
Issues aside, the Hulk was well worth watching. It had some great effects and action sequences as well as some interesting story points. I would recommend the movie to all superhero fans and especially to Hulk fans as you should enjoy this new 'reboot.'
I'll tell you one thing though - the best part of the movie is the very end when someone unexpected shows up.
The Incredible Hulk is playing at Cinema 3 in McCook, Nebraska. Check out www.fridleytheatres.com for more showtimes.