johnlink ranks THE INCREDIBLE HULK (2008)

This was another I intended to see in theaters when it came out last summer. I like Ed Norton a ton, and though I did think it was a little early to reboot the Hulk already, I suspected if anyone would do it well, it was him. That, and the teased IRON MAN tie in to set up the upcoming AVENGERS movie, caught my interest. The Hulk was never a favorite of mine when I did read comics (back in middle school), but I thought the movie might be entertaining enough to warrant a viewing.

THE INCREDIBLE HULK tells the story of Bruce Banner, who has long since been made into his alter ego, running from the government who wants him as their property.

I watched THE INCREDIBLE HULK (2008) on 8.6.09. It was my first viewing of the film.

NOTE: THIS RANKING UTILIZES THIS SITE’S ORIGINAL SYSTEMIC ARTICLE WRITING METHOD. THE METHOD BY WHICH THE RANKINGS WERE ARRIVED AT, HOWEVER, REMAINS THE SAME.

FILM

Nothing special is introduced into the pantheon of comic book movies here. Standard story telling, standard character, standard plot. I will say that it does not get a  lower score because the filmmakers were willing to focus on the Banner character more than the Hulk. I mean, he only really changes three times (four if you count a quickie). The story is used to set up the action, rather than vice-versa, and that always will score a point with me. SCORE: 4

MOVIE

A fun time. Nothing extraordinary, but certainly worth seeing once. The action gets slightly silly at the end. CGI monster fights never really do it for me. But the early action sequences, specifically the first chase where we never quite get to see the Hulk, are nicely realized. SCORE: 7

ACTING

Ed Norton certainly lends credibility to the role. I’m looking forward to him and Robert Downey Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson, and who knows who else, in the AVENGERS movie. But this is another movie not about the acting. There are some solid actors, i.e. Tim Roth and William Hurt, but no one is doing Shakespeare here. SCORE: 4

WRITING

Though I like the general story of this movie, it does start to go downhill once Bruce and Betty make it to the bridge. From there on out, it becomes pretty mindless. The chase set-up is better than the fight payoff. But I like some of the details about the Banner character, like trying to control pulse. I also like that they address the stretchy shorts and the fact that he can’t have sex. Liz woke up halfway through the movie and asked “What happens if he has sex?” I responded saying, “Yeah, they don’t really address that.” But, to their credit, they did ten minutes later. SCORE: 5

FINAL TALLY

FILM: 4; MOVIE: 7; ACTING: 4; WRITING: 5

4+7+4+5+0=20

FINAL SCORE: 5

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~ by johnlink00 on August 6, 2009.

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