mrschristine.com

The Incredible Hulk

Published December 27, 2011

The Incredible Hulk

Film info

  • Title The Incredible Hulk
  • Director Louis Leterrier
  • Year 2008
  • Run time 2hrs 52m
  • Genres Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
  • Tagline You'll like him when he's angry

All-action Marvel Comics blockbuster in which scientist Dr.Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) searches for the cure to his life-transforming alter-ego. Scouring the globe, searching for the antidote that will prevent him from changing into The Hulk, Banner (Norton) is forced to keep a low profile, lest the military authorities that seek to exploit his powers finally catch up with him. In an ironic twist, he longs to be with the only woman he has ever loved, Betty Ross (Liv Tyler), who just happens to be the daughter of his chief military adversary, General Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross (William Hurt). Having finally decided to return to civilisation, Banner discovers that there's an even bigger and more dangerous enemy on the block - The Abomination (Tim Roth). A primal beast even more powerful than The Hulk, this new foe, the result of a foreign agent being exposed to an even larger dose of the radiation that created The Hulk, is unable to revert back to human form. Now the stage is set for the titanic battle of the two heavyweights, with New York the setting for the ultimate showdown.

Live Blog

Time Comment
2:06 They’re telling an awful lot of story very quickly! Complete opposite to other superhero films.
4:34 Brazilian Cookie Monster!
8:50 Ew, I’m never drinking anything ever again.
9:35 “You wouldn’t like me when I’m hungry.”
13:56 We’ve had a Stark reference, I wonder if Agent Coulson will be in this.
17:02 Awesome little camera, I want one! I don’t know what I would do with it, mind you.
20:59 He’ll have all of Brazil chasing after him at this rate.
24:20 It’s enormous!
27:40 “It threw a forklift truck like it was a softball.”
30:25 I like this British chap because it sounds like he’s talking normally rather than the way Brits are usually portrayed.
37:54 Is that the actual Hulk?
39:06 Note to self: people are easily bought with pizza.
43:49 Why doesn’t her hair go all frizzy after being in the rain? No fair.
45:47 And why does she keep a men’s electric razor in her house?
50:16 This isn’t exactly getting as far away from him as possible.
54:38 Isn’t making a super duper soldier what Captain America is all about?
58:39 “He protected her, you almost killed her.”
1:04:47 Aww, it’s nice when they’re working as a team. She got him a heart rate monitor and everything!
1:07:15 Ooh, I like that. No awkward sex scene for us!
1:09:51 If that’s what the internets is like, I approve.
1:13:17 You know it’s bad when the Hulk is giving you tips on anger management.
1:19:09 I love a machine you have to kick into life.
1:24:45 Turns out that even though the British guy has a decent accent, he is the bad guy. Oh well.
1:29:46 If they are indestructible, I don’t quite know how we are going to be able to resolve this.
1:33:12 I like the way they run, big ol' lumbering things.
1:38:24 I can’t believe the Incredible Hulk got The Rage™! You’d think he already had it.
1:44:41 He’s doing it on purpose now?
1:45:07 Stark!

Thoughts

Our mission to catch up with the comic book movies relating to the upcoming Avengers film continues with this Hulk update. Just like Thor, it wouldn’t have been one we chose to watch without an added incentive, and I also don’t remember much fuss surrounding this film when it came out - which makes me think that it didn’t do very well.

Again, similar to Thor, it was better than I thought it was going to be but I do think it was the weakest of the ones we have seen so far. I liked that all the back story was gone before the opening credits were over, instead of dragging it all out in the sloooow fashion we have come to expect. There was a lot of chasing and running, which meant we never had time to get to know Bruce Banner. Clearly he’s a nice enough guy, she likes him, but he only had the occasional funny line to endear him to us. The scene with the scientist guy mutating, and the ending, both so deliberately pushing for a sequel were quite annoying too.

Revisited Feb 21

I can’t tell you how much it infuriates me that we watched the first few Marvel movies out of order. We enjoyed both Iron Man films before even realising this was part of a much bigger universe. Nevertheless, on my 2021 rewatch, I did it in the correct order. It didn’t make this movie any better though, if I’m honest.

It was fine, entertaining enough, but Norton doesn’t really have the same personality that effuses from the other heroes as they are introduced to the world. It’s not a surprise that this was his only appearance and Mark Ruffalo stepped in to become the big green monster we know today. It is a bit weird, though, because barely any of this backstory is ever referenced again, even in passing.

Rating: 3 / 5

← Previous Herbie Rides Again
Next → Super 8