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Movie Review: The Incredible Hulk

Alternate Title: Green-Eyed Monster

Story: The mean, green fighting machine is back - but this time around, it seems it is good to be green. This incarnation of the not so jolly green giant was directed by Louis Leterrier and written by Zak Penn. It is based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

So what is different about this film from Ang Lee's 2003 rumination? Simply put - just about everything. While the titles are rolling we see a montage of how Dr. Bruce Banner became the Hulk and ended up as an anonymous drone in a soda bottling plant in Brazil. No psychobabble problems with his Dad - just a wacko Army General in a quest to develop a super army of indestructible men.

Our mild mannered Dr Banner turns into the Hulk when his blood pressure goes above 200. (Note to self: continue medication). Our Hulk tries to control his anger issues with deep breathing techniques, yoga and non-engagement. But what's a Hulk to do when all of his efforts are for naught? Our hulking tortured soul wants to be rid of his gamma filled blood problem and be a normal guy but it is just not in the cards (how could the franchise continue?)

If you like your summer entertainment filled with silly DGI fight scenes, monster mashes and comic book dialogue - check out this version of The Incredible Hulk. If you are waiting for something darker - hang in there - Batman is coming soon.

You can read my 2003 review of Ang Lee's The Hulk here. http://www.judithwolfe.com/lobosmoviereviews/reviews/hulk.html

View the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSH3xtygvbA

Acting: Edward Norton as Bruce Banner does his best with what the screenwriters have given him. Liv Tyler as Betty Ross, the love interest, delivers her usual one dimensional non-performance. Tim Roth as the wannabe super soldier hasn't much to do, but he seems to be enjoying his role.Tim Blake Nelson as the wacky professor with a possible cure is fun in his small role. William Hurt as the very bad General Ross could have been better. A bit part by Lou Ferrigno, TV's The Hulk, was funny, as was a cameo by Stan Lee. An homage to the TV show was also seen as Bill Bixby appears in black and white on a TV set in Brazil in his original role as Bruce Banner.

Predilection: I like the Hulk

Critters: Bruce Banner's dog gets shot with a tranquilizer in Brazil.

Food: Pizza

Sex Spectrum: Sex gets Banner's blood pressure too high so that is a no no in this PG rated film.

Blatant Product Placement: I was sure there would be more product placement but I did not notice any.

Soundtrack: Loud

Opening Titles: The background story is revealed through the opening credits.

Theater Audience: A handful of adult fans.

Weather: The weather was good for viewing The Hulk.

Drift Factor: I started to look at my watch after an hour. The finale was way too long.

Predictability Level: High

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Big screen for sure.

Length: Under two hours