The Incredible Hulk – Marvel’s Green Avenger

In the new and vibrant version of The Incredible Hulk, Edward Norton does a fine job portraying Bruce Banner, physicist on the run working in a soda bottle factory in the slums of Brazil. His attempts to learn Portuguese, take breathing lessons, use C’hi to control his anger and look for the antidote to cure his affliction, provide some of the film’s comic moments. He is in hiding, the exposure to gamma radiation told in vague flashbacks at the film’s opening sequence as he spends years eluding the grasp of General Ross, beautifully played by noted character actor William Hurt who won an Oscar as best actor for Kiss Of The Spider Woman (1985). His ruthless attempts to create the ultimate fighting machine is worthy of a Stark Industries’ project with the US Government.

artbannerhulk.jpgThe general’s daughter, Dr. Betty Ross, played by Liv Tyler is sensitively portrayed as Banner’s love interest, although she brings no credibility as a Cell Biologist who understands the intricacies of gamma radiation and its effect on cell transfiguration. Perhaps she received her Degree in Biology from The Middle Earth Institute Of Technology.

The physical adversary is played by Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky, a soviet with a British Accent and a Navy Seal attitude looking for a worthy opponent to do battle. After several failed confrontations with the Hulk, he agrees to take gamma injections as another of General Ross’s experiments, transforming him into the Abomination. An opponent with twice the strength as the Hulk.

425incrediblehulk2043008.jpgThe Screenplay, written by Zak Penn and Edward Norton was directed by French filmmaker Louis Leterrier. The film more faithfully captures the comic book mythology than Ang Lee’s 2003 version while providing some clever cameos of Stan Lee and Lou Ferrigno, who played the Hulk in the television series(1978-1982). In a heartwarming scene, Banner (Norton) watches reruns from The Courtship Of Eddie’s Father featuring Bill Bixby on Brazilian TV, evoking the image of the sensitive and tortured Banner interpreted by the late actor as the Hulk’s alter ego in the TV series thirty years ago.

The CGI Hulk was well done, subtly retaining hints of Edward Norton’s facial features. A thin slightly crooked nose and a full set of white teeth as part of the transformation adds realism to the Hulks appearance lacking in Ang Lee’s plastic cartoon version.

39922864.jpgThe films finale is a predictable special effects battle between the Hulk and the Abomination in the streets of Harlem. Cars are thrown around, people running, screaming to escape as the concrete cement is fractured by the blows from two mammoths, and a triumphant Hulk who disappears to fight another day. An anti climax to the absorbing build up the film initially implied . Never-the-less, it is an enjoyable, well acted action packed production. A worthy addition to the array of super-hero films capturing Marvel’s Universe.

My Percepto Rating is 7.5 out of 10 blows of Mjolnir, the Hammer wielded by Thor, God Of Thunder on his way to Bifröst, the rainbow bridge that leads to Asgard.

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