||The Incredible Hulk
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Tim Blake Nelson
Feature Commentary with Director Louis Leterrier and Tim Roth
Video: Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1
English: Dolby Digital Stereo
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Run Time: 113 min
Synopsis from DVD Cover:
Academy Award nominee Edward Norton stars as scientist Bruce Banner, a man who has been living in shadows, scouring the planet for an antidote to the unbridled force of rage within him: the Hulk. But when the military masterminds who dream of exploiting his powers force him back to civilization, he finds himself coming face to face with his most formidable foe: the Abomination - a nightmarish beast of pure aggression whose powers match the Hulk's own!
With so many ingredients that I like - Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, superheroes, Tim Roth - I figured this take on the whole Hulk mythology would fare better than Ang Lee's 2003 predecessor. I was so right. I mean, it's not the best of the recent influx of hero adaptations, but it's certainly not the worst, and I found myself surprisingly entertained by the big greenie.
After undergoing an experiment gone wrong, Bruce Banner (Norton) is not only accused of doing some pretty mad violence on some innocent onlookers, he's cursed with the curse of turning into a rip-roaring giant green beast whenever his heart beats too fast. As this is no way to live, he goes into hiding, constantly searching for a cure to his condition that will allow him to come back, reclaim his beloved Betty (Tyler), and live a Hulk-free life. Nothing ever goes well for a tragic hero, however, and Bruce has to fight not only his inner beast, but a whole cavalcade of militaries trying to grab him so they can dissect him like a frog and steal his badass bits to use as a weapon, just to keep the world safe from big angry monsters.
So, I actually had to watch this twice to figure out I liked it. I think it was my fault; I wandered away during my first viewing, distracted by phones and snacks, and it all seemed a little light on story. It's really not, though. It's actually a pretty decent tale of one man trying to quell his demons and find a normal existence while fighting off destructive bad guys. The Hulk isn't inherently flawed, like Batman or even Iron Man, he's more tragic by circumstance, which makes him a little more relatable. Norton is perfect for that role, not at all physically threatening in his Banner-state, but such a layered actor that he brings more to the role than, quite possibly, there really is there. As is common with these summery blockbuster types, all the effects and CG are great, if that's your thing, and if it's not, they might be distracting overkill. Also, plot holes abound, and if you think too much about Blonsky's long-term plans for life as The Abomination or how easily Betty ditches her very understanding new boyfriend, you'll blink and find you've missed the whole thing. So, for full enjoyment, suspend disbelief.
For DVD collectors, "The Incredible Hulk" offers up some nice Extras. First, there are a whopping 24 Deleted or Alternate Scenes, some good, some skippable, but overall nice to have. There are also five featurettes: "The Making Of Incredible," "Becoming the Hulk," "Becoming the Abomination," "Anatomy of a Hulk-Out," and "Comic Book To Screen." All are pretty self-explanatory by title, but they offer some very cool insight into all the Hulk ins and outs. I'm not always a big fan of CG, per se, but I am a fan of CG artists, because by golly they seem to love their craft, and it's nice to see some of their stuff showcased.
Yes, it took a second viewing to convince me, but "The Incredible Hulk," despite some lapses into implausibility, uses some quality acting and a better story than I gave it credit for my first time around to become a solid addition to the superhero movie gang.