The Incredible Hulk (2008)

The Incredible Hulk🌟🌟🌟½

Bruce Banner, a scientist on the run from the U.S. Government, must find a cure for the monster he turns into, whenever he loses his temper.

So I didn’t know much going into this film other than it’s the Marvel film that no one likes to speak about much.  The little I did know – Mark Ruffalo = Bruce Banner and that this would be the origin story as to how he became the Hulk – turned out to be untrue.

No Mark Ruffalo but hello there Edward Norton and Liv Tyler and Tim Roth.  Also, this was not so much an origin story but rather a follow-up story dealing with the aftermaths of said origin.  The backstory about how the Hulk was created is dealt with very swiftly and neatly as part of the opening sequence and you get enough exposition through that and mentions in the rest of the film that I think I understood all the pertinent details despite never having read a comic book in my life.

I really liked the first two-thirds of the film with Bruce Banner dealing with the otherside of himself and battling to keep himself and The Hulk under control.  I like how he kept himself cutoff and isolated to protect the people he loved i.e. Betty Ross.

I liked how Betty, for her part, had no second thoughts about doing everything she can to help him even though she had seen what he can become and she always managed to see Bruce as Bruce even when he was a giant, ugly green monster.

The last third of the film was where my interest was lost when Tim Roth turned into a matching Hulk-like creature with spines and it was monster Vs monster in the streets of New York.  The ending, ship-wise, was even more unsatisfying than Steve/Peggy in Captain America – Bruce and Betty end up right back where they are at the start of the film with Bruce isolating himself from her and she’s left pining and wondering when she’s going to see him again.

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