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BRAD HAMLIN REVIEWS HULK

 

Last night, the Mystery Island tribe took in a preview of The Incredible Hulk movie courtesy of our pals at retrocrush.com. Despite the shortcomings of the 2003 Hulk film, expectations ran pretty high for this new Hulktastic offering.  Waiting for the film to begin, as giant bags of popcorn, multi-genre fruit snacks, and a cherry Icee disappeared into our youngest viewer’s belly … the general feeling persisted that this time the Hulk would have all its gamma rays dialed in the right direction, not for a bomb, but for the type of explosive action and adventure that Marvel is famous for …and it delivers.

 

Here are some basic gamma-radiated facts: Edward Norton is great as Dr. Banner. Liv Tyler is perfect as Betty, and even has Betty Page bangs to go with the whole “Betty” theme. The Hulk design and special effects are A+.  Fans of the classic Hulk will notice the Kirby-like influence as well as appreciate the modern aesthetic quality presented in this film. The humor works just as well as the action. Marvel finally took my advice and portrayed the “origin” story within the credits (as it should be) and jumped straight into the central plot.

 

The cameos are excellent, not at all overdone, and the pacing of the film keeps everything moving right along with plenty o’ bullets, big guns, and Hulk smashing and/or throwing heavy objects.

 

I could have used maybe a little more Hulk dialog, but hopefully that will develop in the next film? And William Hurt wouldn’t be my first choice for General Ross, kind of wimpy, but I didn’t hate him. The weakest actor in the film is Tim Roth. I really can’t understand the choice to cast the English Roth as a United States Army super solider tough guy, but his character goes through a metamorphosis that certainly improves his character.

 

Overall I give The Incredible Hulk a solid “A” rating, a good way up from the 2003’s C- Hulk movie. Good job Marvel! You’re making us True Believers all over again.

 

Bradley Mason Hamlin, Mystery Island
brad@retrocrush.com

 

p.s. Now if you can get Ant-Man right, we may never lose faith, but he would have to have the original Ant-Man helmet that Kirby designed. He would have to have that …