MCU Phase One Movie Recap & Review: The Incredible Hulk

Title: The Incredible Hulk
Loved it
Genre: Action-adventure
Director: Louis Leterrier
Writer: Zak Penn
Actors: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth
Series: Movie #2 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One 

Incredible_Hulk_posterDr. Bruce Banner, thanks to a gamma ray experiment gone wrong, transforms into a giant green-skinned hulk whenever his pulse rate gets too high. Meanwhile, a soldier uses the same technology to become an evil version of the original.

Don’t say ‘origin movie,’ you’ll have me yawni– too late. Five years after the Hulk came out, we have the Incredible Hulk.

Same character, same origin story? Not quite. This isn’t a remake of Spiderman proportions, where the basic plot elements have been dressed up slightly different and brought out into the public. That’s a story for another day.

What we have is a lots of political machinations, secret experiments and a Haunted Hero–elements that are perfect in the dark, gloomy cinematography. Or it would have been perfect if I didn’t have to squint at the screen every few scenes.

I didn’t enjoy this movie much, and I’ve always thought the Hulk was a bore. Perhaps it’s the tiny torn pants.

It’s a shame; having seen the Avengers’ version of the Hulk, every other iteration pales in comparison. We’ve seen what fun (and how sympathetic) the Hulk can be, and this tortured version doesn’t show Hulk at his best. Though I am writing this post based purely on the 2008 movie, but look where it got me.

On the other hand, it gave us such images, like Stan Lee contemplating having a bottle of Hulk juice:


Or faux-steamy Titanic scene shots:



And my personal favourite:


Quite a parallel, eh?


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