Looks like today will be movie mini review day starting with The Incredible Hulk (2008) starring Ed Norton.

Ang Lee tried to bring the Hulk to the main screen back in 2003 with Eric Bana and a lot of people didn’t like his take on the story. I didn’t like it, but I didn’t think it was the worst movie ever. So fast fast forward to 2008 and Marvel is trying to get their Marvel Studios off the ground by making movies of all their popular comic books as well as putting them all together for The Avengers movie coming out in a few years. Naturally The Incredible Hulk needed to be a part of this new Marvel universe along side of Iron Man and eventually Thor and Captain America. So rather than do a sequel to 2003’s Hulk, they decided to just reboot the series and start over, and they did a pretty good job.

I like Ed Norton as an actor in most things, but I don’t know if he was right for this part. His style just didn’t seem to fit right to me, I don’t know exactly why. Don’t get me wrong, he’s incredible in movies like Fight Club and 25th Hour, but he just didn’t seem to fit here. Maybe I was expecting someone more like Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man, but I know that Tony Stark and Bruce Banner are totally different people so I’m not sure what it was. I did enjoy the storyline in this one, but come on, where are the 3 headed dogs!! Just kidding. The story moved along at a nice pace with some great action scenes mixed in with the dramatic parts. The special effects weren’t bad, I think they were better in Iron Man though. It just seems hard to make a giant green monster look like he belongs in the world. I think the effects on the abomination looked better than the Hulk, he always had that really shiney look that CG gets if the lighting and shadows aren’t correct. But overall it was a good movie, not as good as Iron Man, but still an improvement from the 2003 version. So if you liked Iron Man, I would definitely go check this one out.

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