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The Incredible Hulk
Almost IncredibleMonday, June 16, 2008 10:04:06 AMRating: Review Rank: 7/10(70%)Review Rank: 7/10(70%)Review Rank: 7/10(70%)Review Rank: 7/10(70%)Review Rank: 7/10(70%)Review Rank: 7/10(70%)Review Rank: 7/10(70%)Review Rank: 7/10(70%)Review Rank: 7/10(70%)Review Rank: 7/10(70%)Average: Review Rank: 7/10(70%)Review Rank: 7/10(70%)Review Rank: 7/10(70%)Review Rank: 7/10(70%)Review Rank: 7/10(70%)Review Rank: 7/10(70%)Review Rank: 7/10(70%)Review Rank: 7/10(70%)Review Rank: 7/10(70%)Review Rank: 7/10(70%)tags: awesomenixkuroi

This movie was about 80% better than Ang Lee's version only a few years ago.  I liked Eric Bana and love Jennifer Connoly, but the movie was just too slow starting and then ended with a silly fight scene that didn't really make sense.  I could review that movie here (mainly because I've had more time to form a scathing review), but I just saw the new version starring Edward Norton, Liv Tyler and John Hurt. 

The first thing I can say is that Marvel has taken the formula that made them successful in the Spider-Man and new Iron Man franchises and made it work for them again.  I think they tried hard with the first Hulk, but Ang Lee's direction and the script were just too inhibiting.  The combined top tier actors...people who can really act, with amazing action.   What was very cool about this movie is how, when the hulk appeared, it almost became a monster horror movie.  Sure, there were places later in the movie that were just wall to wall action and fight scenes, but there was always a sense that this was a monster that they were dealing with.  There was also a scene that was highly reminiscent of King Kong, where the hulk steals away the girl to a quiet location and then she charms him.  Over all, I think this movie was generally well done.  

When asked, my date said that she liked this movie slightly better than Iron Man, but when pressed, she admited that it was mainly because of the emotional content between the two leads.  There were definitely some moments where you could feel the emotional intensity, and when you see it, try to remember it was me who mentioned that there were some definite parallels between this movie and parts of Castaway (starring Tom Hanks). 

I know what you're thinking...Castaway?  King Kong?  Maybe even the foot chase schene from the last Bourne movie? Was this movie nothing but a derivative of several other movies? 

Kind of...and not just movies, but comics as well. 

There was a moment when the Hulk fights another monster (not named here, so go find it on youtube) and the first impact of their punch was VERY reminiscent of the first punch in the last fight between Superman and Doomsday. 

Indeed, this was a movie with MANY references to other movies.  I'm not sure if they were meant to make you nostalgic, or to draw you in with the familiar, but the end result feels somewhat like a patchwork of other films. This isn't to say I didn't like the hulk.  I did quite a lot...but I just didn't leave the theatre with that "WOW" feeling I left with from Iron Man.  That said, I'd recommend this movie to anyone who likes comic movies or just wants some good old action

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