Friday, June 13, 2008

The Incredible Hulk

Aptly named. Also known as Hulk: The Apology, they got everything right in this that they got wrong in the first one (which is everything). Very innovate, they told the origin in flash cuts in the first few minutes of the film. Edward Norton was great as Banner, and Liv Tyler, whom I don't care for, was pretty good (but nothing will make that girl pretty). It says something that the Banner parts were just as good or better than the Hulk parts.

I've heard people complain that Spider-Man was way too obviously CGI; those people will hate this movie, too. You simply can't get away from that yet, and Hulk is cartoony, but intriguingly so, nonetheless.

Marvel has figured out the formula to making their comic books work, finally. Stick to the successful comic book incarnations (and in this case, the tv series). Rather than be embarrassed by the comic background (which they shouldn't be; many of today's writers are the best in any medium) they portray it well, patching together different incarnations seamlessly (no gray Hulk, unfortunately, but it wouldn't have worked here anyway). Plenty of nods for the comic book nerds (there are a lot in this movie, and I'm not sure it's a good thing that I caught all of them).

One scene kids don't need to see (interrupted because Bruce can't get too excited). The images are too intense for my protected kids; children who see this stuff won't be phased (I saw a 5 year old after the movie that loved it; my kids would be completely freaked at twice her age).

Lynette would hate it. I really liked it, but Iron Man is better. Oh, you don't have to stay through all the credits. No easter egg.


you know who said...

Once again...

Sherlock said...

Gray Hulk?

Anyhoo, sounds interesting. I just have to pick between Hancock, Hulk and some other movie that I forgot the title of. The loser(s) will have to wait until rentable time.

Ah well, back to the school books.

Sherlock said...

Hahaha, I just read your review on Juno.

I'm not that sorry. I heard it was dirty so I decided to wait until I was old enough to watch it with liberal use of the skip and mute buttons.

Rob said...

I don't know that I'd call it "dirty." Adult in theme, maybe, sad if that's what secular teens are these days. It made some very good points, the parents were supportive parents, and probably involved by secular standards.

Part of being "in the world but not of the world" is living a life completely different than Juno, but there were nods at morality.

Rob said...

Gray Hulk: Originally, the Hulk was gray, gruff and surly but not stupid, and he changed every night and reverted every morning.

Later, in the 90's, Hulk returned to the gray color and was crafty and street smart, just not as strong. A Jeckle/Hyde thing. I rather liked that version, but I've never been a big fan of the Hulk.