I’ve decided to go back and watch a bunch of movies based on comic books. No real reason, just something I thought would be fun. This time it was the 2008 movie The Incredible Hulk.
IMDb Rating: 6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes critics: 67%
Rotten Tomatoes audience: 72%
My Rating: 6/10
This movie was better than the first Hulk movie in pretty much every way. The acting, the writing, the visual effects, everything. One of my favorite things they did in the movie was start the movie with Banner learning to control his emotions. Background on the experiment that turned him into the Hulk doesn’t come until the middle of the movie. It was a smart way to go. Banner is a scientist, and showing him using different methods to both understand his condition and try and control it made a lot of sense. Even the small details like using a heart monitor really added to the character. The entire first half of the movie made it very apparent that the villain, at least in Banner’s mind, was the Hulk, not the government agents trying to track him down.
The second half of the movie falls apart a little bit. The focus shifts away from Banner looking for a cure and moves towards Blonsky as the villain. Blonsky himself was great as a villain. He was obsessive and vicious, even though he couldn’t match the Hulk in strength or speed. What I had a problem with was Abomination. The battles were okay, but they got boring after a bit. It was just two CGI monsters throwing punches that didn’t really hurt each other. The humor in the movie also fell a bit flat, which is unusual for a movie in the MCU. The tone of the film didn’t really lend itself to jokes, so they all seemed a little forced.
It would have been nice if this movie kept the same tone as the others. I don’t know if it was because Universal still held distribution rights to the character, or some other reason, but this movie feels a little like a black sheep in the universe. The only thing that really connects it to the rest of the movies is the final scene, which felt more like an add on than an actual part of the story.
Overall the movie is good, but not great, and it really doesn’t compare well to most of the other movies in the MCU. I wish that the focus had stayed more on Banner, but I guess you can’t do that when the movie is named after the Hulk.