When I saw 2003ís HULK, I gave it an ďA +Ē knowing full well it didnít deserve it. I was basically awarding the effort to take the character seriously, and I thought the ďcreatureĒ himself was pretty cool.
Five years later comes The Incredible Hulk, a sequel that only very briefly touches on the original movie, and feels much more like a comic book. That said, itís still pretty heady at times, and really does focus more on the inner workings of Bruce Bannerís mind and body.
This time Ed Norton plays Banner, and as expected, heís great. Heís a gifted actor, and he brings a certain credibility to a flick about a huge, angry green guy. I know there was some talk of him being troublesome behind the scenes, but I donít know what thatís about, and like I said, he did a great job onscreen.
Liv Tyler takes over as Betty Ross, and she was lovely. Very likable, and vital to the story. She really clicked with Norton.
William Hurt does a good job as General Ross, a very unlikable character. Not a whole lot of depth was written into the role, but Hurt pulled it off nicely.
I had a bit more trouble with Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky. Blonsky is a Russian born, English raised soldier, and heís kind of a bully, to say the least.
Now donít get me wrong, Rothís a great actor. But for some reason I couldnít buy him as Blonsky. But maybe thatís just meÖ
The Incredible Hulk was written by Zak Penn and directed by Louis Leterrier, whose movie UNLEASHED impressed me despite not being a huge action / martial arts fan. Like I said before, this movie feels a lot more like a comic book than the first, but itís still not perfect.
The Hulk himself definitely was improved, both physically, and in terms of behavior / personality. Coming on the heels of IRON MAN, this movie seems like a disappointment, but as part of the bigger plan of upcoming Marvel Comics productions, it fits pretty well.