Today’s Movie Review – The Incredible Hulk (2008)

I’ve had this movie sitting around from Netflix for about, oh about two months now, so I finally decided that I should watch it so I can get the next movie in my queue. Can’t say that I know why I haven’t watch it before now, but that doesn’t really matter. Superhero movies tend to go from really good (The Dark Knight), moderately good (X-Men), just okay (Spider-man), or just plain awful (Catwoman), and this movie is somewhere in the middle of the group. While I did not see Ang Lee’s Hulk, this version is supposedly better, and they started in the right place by casting two of my favorite actors in leading roles.

Edward Norton plays Bruce Banner, AKA The Hulk, in this movie. If you have read any of my other blogs about movies, you would know that I am a huge fan of Ed Norton. While this movie does not allow him to really show great acting, he gives The Hulk a very human portrayal, especially towards the end of the movie when he can finally control himself as The Hulk.

Tim Roth, who I am beginning to enjoy as well, plays Emil Blonsky, The Hulk’s “enemy” so to speak, though he does not truly duel directly with The Hulk until the end of the movie. He plays a Special Forces soldier who is recruited to capture Bruce Banner in Brazil and later fights The Hulk after getting some gamma radiation-caused powers. His character’s thirst for The Hulk’s power fuels him throughout the movie, leading to him getting a mutated version of the Hulk ability in order to square off against the world.

I am not going to bore you with all the plot details. Like most Marvel movies, it does feature a cameo by the one and only Stan Lee, and also features Robert Downey as Tony Stark right at the end of the movie. Tony Stark is Ironman for those uninitiated types out there. The Incredible Hulk will not have a sequel of his own until after the release of The Avengers in 2012.

My rating on this movie: 7 out of 10. It is worth seeing if you, like me, are avoiding homework on a Saturday and you are sick of seeing the movie on your coffee table yet again.

Until next time…

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