The Incredible Hulk
dir. by Louis Leterrier
Genre: Action, sff
Script: Zak Penn
Cast: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Lou Ferrigno, Tim Blake Nelson, Tim Roth, Ty Burrell, William Hurt
I’m one of the few who seem to have liked Ang Lee’s version of the Hulk, but I seem to be in agreement with most of the reviews I’ve spotted of this film. It wasn’t good. It wasn’t bad. It was simply meh.
What I liked: no lengthy back story to tell the audience what we already know. Instead the origin story is gone through in the opening credits. Nice touch. The effects were also pretty good. And the appearance of Lou Ferringo, I can’t believe I recognised him, I don’t remember watching the tv series as a kid, but I guess I must have seen some of them. Also the nods to other comic heroes was amusing, hello Mr. Stark, and the purple trousers.
But overall this film just did nothing for me. It was too long and it dragged in parts. I thought that Liv Tyler’s character was nothing but a reactive pretty face. She had nothing to do. Apart from gasp “Bruce” every now and then. William Hurt’s general wasn’t much better. Sure he stomped around chewing on his cigars, but there was no real character there. No real reasoning behind any of his actions. And Tim Roth? Scary dude, but again, where was the character? Is “I’m a fighter” all the motivation the audience is going to get?
Not enjoyable enough to be a popcorn flick, not bad enough to laugh your way through. I repeat, a perfect example of the meh film.