While on the run from the military, Bruce Banner
tries to find a way to cure the monster inside him.
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Directed by Louis Leterrier
Written by Zak Penn
Starring Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth,
William Hurt, Tim Blake Nelson, Ty Burrell
Reboot of 2003's Hulk
Based on characters from Marvel Comics
This is how you do a Hulk movie! After 2003's disappointing fiasco, I'm so glad they rebooted it into this awesome flick that seamlessly connects to Iron Man. The cast is solid and the story is much more faithful to the comic than Ang Lee's attempt.
Edward Norton was a huge step up from Eric Bana, who just never felt like Bruce Banner to me. Norton plays Banner in a believable way, as a vulnerable man with a powerful darkness inside him. While he isn't the best man to call himself the Hulk (that honor goes to Mark Ruffalo), he does a great job of carrying the movie. I absolutely loved Tim Roth and William Hurt as Abomination and General Ross respectively. They were fantastic villains and I hope to see them again in any future installments.
I did think, however, that the Hulk's green coloration was a bit off. It was much better than 2003's Hulk, but it didn't seem like the right shade and kept distracting me the whole time. Apart from that, The Incredible Hulk is an awesome chapter in Marvel's book that reignited interest in the character and gave Marvel a chance to do right by the Green Goliath.
After the failed attempt at bringing the Hulk to big screens in 2003, The Incredible Hulk successfully brings the character back. This is a solid, fun movie that honors one of comics most beloved characters and shows that Marvel wan't just a one trick pony with Iron Man.
Edward Norton does a much better job in the role of Bruce Banner, compared to Eric Bana. Unlike Bana, Norton comes across as more of a vulnerable, scared man who is hiding a powerful, dark being inside of him. While Mark Ruffalo is still the best, Edward Norton does a great job of carrying this film. Tim Roth was also fantastic as Emil Blonsky/Abomination. The fight scene between Abomination and Hulk at the end of the film is absolutely brutal, exciting, and still one of my favorite moments yet in the MCU. William Hurt was a great choice for General Thunderbolt Ross. While William Hurt is confirmed to returning to the franchise, I also hope to see Tim Roth in the future as well.
The Incredible Hulk is an exciting movie that, instead of ignoring what makes the character so great, completely embraces it. The only real problem this movie has is it, to this day, still feels slightly disconnected from the MCU. Granted, this could be due to recasting and a redesign of the Hulk in The Avengers. Still, this is the movie that finally reignited interest in the character and showed that Marvel knows how to do right by their character.