Note from T, The Focused Filmographer:
Welcome to AVENGERS WEEK! -where we take a more-or-less chronological shared look at the “prequel” films and characters in preparation for The Avengers. In case you missed the introductory post explaining the exciting entire week, please visit HERE. Let the festivities BEGIN!
Today, Ted S. shares his review of The Incredible Hulk and his thoughts/expectations of The Hulk. Thank you, Ted.
5 years after Ang Lee’s Hulk came out, Marvel decided to reboot their green giant monster superhero flick. The result was still the same: the film received mixed reviews and the box office number didn’t change much from the previous version. I think the general audiences just aren’t into a giant green monster superhero flick.
Since Ang Lee’s version already told the origin of Hulk, this version started out fast and decided to show the audience what happened to the character with a montage in the beginning of the movie. The film starts out with Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) living in Brazil while trying to find a cure for his alter ego. He works at a local soft drink factory and after a freak accident, his blood found its way into one of the bottles. Then we were introduced to General Ross (William Hurt), who’s been searching for Banner for years.
After the accident, he was able to locate Banner and he decides to put a team together and goes down to Brazil to find Banner. Here we were introduced to Blonsky (Tim Roth) who later became the Abomination. After a big action set piece that took place at the soft drink factory, the Hulk was able to escape Ross and his men and made his way back to America. He then met up with his love interest Betty Ross (Liv Tyler), and for the rest of the film they both are running from Ross and Blonsky. The film climaxes in a huge battle between Hulk and the Abomination, aka Blonsky.
The first time I saw this film, I didn’t really like it at all, you see I’m one of the few people who actually enjoyed Ang Lee’s version. I thought this version was kind of a mess and didn’t have any plot, it was just a long chase movie. After watching it again for this review, I thought it was pretty good. I just viewed it as a sequel to Lee’s version and not a reboot. In fact, the movie picked up where Lee’s Hulk ended, in South America. Performance-wise, everyone did a good job. I really like Tim Roth’s Blonsky character, he was a good antagonist to our hero. Although I thought the big battle between Hulk and the Abomination looked too cartoonish for my liking and it just went too long. Other than that, I thought it was an entertaining summer flick..
I’m definitely looking forward to see how Hulk (now played by Shutter Island‘s Mark Ruffalo) will integrate into The Avengers storyline.
The way the film ended, we saw Bruce in isolation and from the trailer of The Avengers, it appears Black Widow’s the one who found him. I think Hulk will play a big role in The Avengers. There’s a cool sequence where he saved Iron Man from falling down the building, so I assume he’ll have a few big action scenes with the bad guys.
Heck, at one point, Hulk was going to be the main antagonist in The Avengers. Joss Whedon mentioned last year he wrote a scene where Hulk and Thor had a big battle so I’m definitely looking forward to that scene. From the trailer, looks like all of the superheroes are fighting one another.
I trust Whedon and I truly think The Avengers will be one of the best superhero films ever made. Will it be as good as The Dark Knight Rises? We’ll have to wait and see.
Up Next: An Avengers themed “Time to Vote Tuesday” followed by Jaina’s review of Thor and her thoughts/expectations of the hero in The Avengers! Stay Tuned.
–T, The Focused Filmographer