No, the bar certainly wasn’t set very high on this one considering the last Hulk movie that many of us may remember. It was so terrible, un-action filled, lame and stupid that I considered shaving my scrotum with a rusty fork just to experience something that was less agonizing. But this Hulk movie did a nice job keeping me entertained for nearly two hours.
Edward Norton I always love. I have long since forgiven him for The Italian Job, especially considering how much I respected his attempt to bribe the studio not to release it. In pretty much all other cases, though, he’s excellent. Liv Tyler I have mixed feelings about, partially due to my hatred of Armageddon – no, not the event, that I can’t wait for…the terrible movie with Bruce Willis – and her usual inability to be loud or emotive in any but an overly-dramatic teary sort of way. I call that the Opposite of Al Pacino Syndrom. He can’t stop yelling and she can’t start. However, much to my pleasure and surprise, she yelled for like 6 seconds in The Incredible Hulk. It wasn’t her finest acting moment – clearly she’s found her niche with the quivering upper lip and whispery stuff – but it was something, so thanks.
The action was good and the super hero-ness of the story was decent too. I happen to love super hero stuff, though the movies rarely live up to my expectations. The Spidermans were not so great (second was best), I felt, and others fall short too (Fantastic Four – both). But I love learning how a super hero came to be. That’s very entertaining I think. This wasn’t the most detailed of explanations which is probably better for most people but they tossed me some bones. Though most people I think will have enjoyed Iron Man more, I was about as equally entertained by both.
Also amusing were all of the cameos. Stan Lee, of course, but also the guys who played the Hulk in the TV series – Bruce Banner (Bill Bixby – since he’s dead, this tribute was via a TV clip of Bixby in one of his other series, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father) and the green Hulk (Lou Ferrigno). Oh, and Stanley’s Pizza Parlor was a nice touch (“Stan Lee”).
I’m going to give it a rating of 6 Chocolate Salty Balls (this is out of ten, by the way).
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