jump to navigation

The Incredible Hulk December 24, 2008

Posted by oldboy in : Cinema, Comic Book , trackback


What a perfect, highly entertaining, comic book movie.
I remember the first time I ever saw The Incredible Hulk TV show, perhaps it was the pilot episode but I was very young at the time. I remember David Banner
getting into a car crash with his wife. I remember him trying to free her but unable to, I asked one of my family members why he wasn’t able to free her, they told me because he wasn’t strong enough, even at that young age my sympathy went out to the man David Banner, even as I watched on and saw him experiment and turn himself into the Hulk. While I guess there was a cool aspect of seeing the Hulk I had always hoped during the series run that Banner could cure himself fully.

I felt that sympathy again when I watched this movie, it was a bit of a nostalgia trip, not only hearing the classic TV theme music as Edward Norton was walking alone along the street but also his encounter with Lou Ferrigno (who voices the Hulk in this film) which added to my delight. I felt the film was so respectful to all the variations of what came before, from the TV show to the comics. It had a perfect mix of action and Drama and lots to please fans, especially with the appearance of The Leader, I sincerely hope they make a sequel to this as I enjoyed it far more than Iron Man.

While I didn’t disliked the 2003 “Hulk” film I would rank it in a different category to this one. Ang Lee had tried to do a truly mythological Greek tragedy story with a very visual comic book style in the scenes which didn’t exactly work, Sin City did a far better Job doing the look of a Comic Book movie. It’s fascinating to watch, “Hulk” has it’s artistic merits with the story and certainly is heavy on the drama and conflict of Father and Son but The Incredible Hulk is something that has the all round perfect mix and Edward Norton and Liv Tyler evoke more emotion and sympathy for their characters situation. That plus it’s closer to the comics and the original TV series. It’s pretty darn perfect.

Favorite Quote:Don’t make me hungry, you wouldn’t like me when I’m hungry” - Bruce Banner


1. Paul - December 25, 2008

Despite the obvious source being a comicbook I liked the fact that it also managed to play homage to the TV series itself, which wasn’t exactly a faithful adaptation of the comic. The new movie kind of killed two birds with one stone and thus covered a wide fanbase without sacrificing integrity - quite an achievement considering the diversity of two distinct influences.

2. Mike - December 30, 2008

I watched this the other night and surprisingly enjoyed it a lot. Apart from the daft climax, which was a bit too similar to Iron Man and ruined it a bit, the film was good solid entertainment and had a great lead in Edward Norton. I especially liked the references to the TV show i.e. the odd bit of music, Bill Bixby on Bruce’s telly, etc.

Login     Film Journal Home     Support Forums           Journal Rating: 4/5 (5)