The Incredible Hulk is a 2008 film that became the second entry in what became known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is directed by Louis Leterrier and reboots the previous 2003 Hulk remake directed by Ang Lee.
In this film, Dr. Bruce Banner (Richard Norton) is hiding in South American and working at a bottling factory. He is trying to learn ways to cure his rage, but after an incident where he is scratched, the army, led by General Ross (William Hurt), manages to track him. Bruce goes on the run again and is in contact with a mysterious scientist who says he might be able to cure him. The one catch is, Bruce has to appear in person.
Escaping to the United States, he connects with his old girlfriend Betty Ross (Liv Tyler) and together, they try to find this scientist. Meanwhile, General Ross gives powers to the United Kingdom’s Royal Marines Commando Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth), who now has a personal grudge against Banner’s alter ego, the Hulk.
While this movie is superior to the 2003 film, it is one of the weakest of the MCU. It is not in the performances either. Norton, Tyler, and Hurt all give powerhouse performances as their characters. The problem is that there is too much going on, it turns into a bloated mess. It is stuffed to the brim with Easter eggs, cameos, character arcs, Maguffins, and everything in between.
That being said, it is a fun, science fiction film that has great performances and for its time, excellent special effects, For fans of the Bill Bixby television series, you can see several homages, in how Banner gets his powers. In the fact that Lou Ferrigno has a cameo in the movie and voices the Hulk persona.
I also want to praise the music by Craig Armstrong. He crafted a musical score, songs, and theme music that perfectly captured what was going in the story at that moment. It made the movie way more enjoyable if it had lacked his craft.
Sadly, no other solo films for Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s the Hulk will come to fruition. While the rights to the character have reverted to Marvel Studios, Universal Pictures is clinging to the rights to the distribution of any sequels. Fortunately, we still got to see Mark Ruffalo play Hulk in Marvel’s The Avengers.
FAVORITE QUOTE: The smell of stale beer… and defeat. You know, I hate to say “I told you so,” but that Super-Soldier project was put on ice for a reason. I’ve always felt that hardware was much more reliable.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Brief sensuality, violence, foul language
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This article has been updated from a previous version.