The Incredible Hulk Review

16 06 2008

Another great movie has arrived!  Just to warn you up front, there is nothing after the credits of this film.  Don’t waste your time!  🙂

First off, Edward Norton plays a wonderful Bruce Banner!  He’s a believable scientist that always leaves you wanting more!  And while we’re on the subject of good actors, Tim Roth also does a pretty good job.  Some of the scenes Roth are in are awesome!

The effects in this movie are all really well done.  Scenes where the Hulk rips a car in half or jumps from building to building all look real.  Well, as real as a giant green monster in the middle of a city could look anyway.  🙂  Also, it’s always nice to see a comic based movie where the protagonist doesn’t win with one hit.  (Ex: Ghost Rider)  The battle between Hulk and the Abomination is awesome!  When you hear the wondrous words “Hulk Smash!” I can guarantee you you’ll grin.  (Or at least if you’re a comic book fan anyway.)

There are a few scenes where only Hulk fans will get what’s really going on.  For example there is an awesome scene with Lou Ferringo who played the Hulk in the TV series.  You will also see the birth of The Leader and be one of the few to again really appreciate “Hulk Smash”.  Also, there is the usual Stan Lee cameo.

Maybe I’m alone here, but I’m getting really tired of the Lee cameos.  It was cool the first time or two, but now it’s just like a bad old joke.  In this movie his cameo is a bit bigger roll as the “incident” he is involved in actually affects the storyline.  With even more Marvel movies to come, (there is another huge hint at The Avengers movie in this film) I anticipate them to keep getting dumber.

Either though this movie was good, I couldn’t help but feel like it was all done before.  To me, there have been so many comic book movies that they are all starting to seem the same.  Especially in this film when Stark is seen and mentioned numerous times.  It was obvious they were leeching off some of the success of Iron Man and are probably going to do the same with other hero movies until The Avengers is released.  In the end, I suppose there really isn’t much choice in comic book adapted movies.  There always has to be innocents in danger, small battles, then one final big bad dude that usually switches sides.

Anyway, these are very minor annoyances and this film should definitely still be seen by everyone!  While, in my opinion, it’s not as good as Iron Man, it still shows this summer has awesome movie potentials.  I’m not sure what to expect from Get Smart and The Wanted, but I truly hope The Dark Knight lives up to my high expectations!

The Good

  • Great Actors
  • Awesome Actions Scenes
  • Great effects/CG

The Bad

  • Stan Lee appearances are getting a little old
  • Formula seems familiar and done before

Final Grade:  A-



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