First Legit Incredible Hulk Review I’ve Read

Incredible-Hulk-Review-FirstPhil Gee has given me the heads up on the first legitimate Incredible Hulk review I’ve read so far (by legit I mean the guy who wrote it verifiably saw the thing). I’m happy to say the review is very positive (but remember… it’s just one guys opinion).

SciFiMoviePage says the following:

Straight-forward where the first movie was convoluted, (The New Hulk film is) action-packed where Hulk dithered, The Incredible Hulk dispenses with whatever back-story and exposition there is over the film’s opening credit sequence. No tortured unresolved oedipal conflicts here!

Except for one or two quiet moments shared by Banner and his girlfriend while on the lam, Incredible Hulk doesn’t waste a single frame on dull talky exposition. It is all plot-driven and action-filled. In fact, unlike the much-hyped Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Incredible Hulk never runs out of steam. Put simply: this is the movie which audiences wanted to see back in 2003. No dull existential angst and weird split screen film techniques. No mutant poodles either. Instead we get some nice comic asides, including another cameo by Stan Lee and a riff on those mega-stretchy purple pants Banner always seems to wear.

With The Incredible Hulk Marvel has done it again. Like the recent Iron Man, Incredible Hulk is a definite Saturday matinee crowd-pleaser. Kids – and their parents – will love it. Unfortunately the only thing standing in the way of Incredible Hulk becoming the summer hit it deserves to be will be audiences’ negative memories of the 2003 original. Well, forget about all that: The Incredible Hulk may ultimately be as brainless as its main character, but it really is “incredible” this time around. And Hulk smashes stuff too . . .

NICE! This is exactly the sort of thing I wanted to hear! Now once again, let’s not get too excited here… this is after all just one opinion. But still, I’d rather hear one good opinion at this point rather than one bad one.

WARNING… SPOILERS IN THE NEXT PARAGRAPH

The reviewer also goes on to confirm that Robert Downey Jr. does indeed make an appearance as Tony Stark and makes some sort of reference to them forming a “team” (Avengers anyone?). He also says that the movie hints at “The Leader” being a possible villain in a future installment.

END OF SPOILERS

So there you have it! Please don’t suck… please don’t suck… please don’t suck… please don’t suck… please don’t suck… please don’t suck… please don’t suck… please don’t suck… please don’t suck… please don’t suck…

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22 thoughts on “First Legit Incredible Hulk Review I’ve Read

  1. (Type your comment here. Make sure you’ve read the commenting rules before doing so)
    wow. i’m glad to hear so many actually liked ang lee’s hulk. you only ever hear negative reviews of it. i did, except, obviously, for the ending.
    the new hulk is indeed incredible. every bit as good as iron man but different as it should be. kudos to marvel for taking their properties in hand and making them what most of us aways knew they could be. i just wish jack kirby was alive to see all this. and i wish marvel would do something generous and public for his family to wipe away the memory of the way he was treated the last years of his life.

  2. I’d like to be the first to say on here that i just saw the new incredible hulk, and it was far…. far better, than i expected.I did like th first hulk film, and i’d advise to take some of the first movie just for back plot. This movie shows the back plot in the first few min. of the opening credits so watch carefully. Get that popcorn and drink early so you don’t miss the story. I’m not going to spoil the movie for anyone… just say that, you will not be disappointed!

  3. Sorry everyone,

    Marvel made its blockbuster movie for this year and IRON MAN is it.
    The HULK is gonna be another B Class superhero movie, I can just feel it.
    Non stop action with no plot at all makes for mediocre movie.
    Oh well, I just rent it on video when it comes out.
    It will never make more than IRON MAN.

  4. I’m confident that everyone will be more than pleasantly surprised, and that reviews will start pouring in that this is much more of a roller coaster ride than many are expecting.

    This is the summer movie w/ it all:

    Stellar Ensemble Cast

    Sweeping Set pieces

    Globe-spanning Chases

    2 Sweethearts at its core

    & 2 Gigantic Monster, duking it out in the Big Apple

    Not to mention I think there are still a few surprises
    in the humor & easter egg dept.

    I’m seein’ it monday. SO psyched.

  5. I’m hoping against all hope that this will turn out to be as good as the review makes it out to be. I didnt like some of the choices Ang Lee made in the first one but overall thought it was ok. What really worries me about the future of Marvel films is Zak Penn. This guy is a hack and one of the worst writers in H’wood. Thanks to him (and fellow hack Brett Ratner) X3 was terrible, Fantastic Four was fantastically underwhelming and now they’ve given him the reigns to Hulk, Cap America and Avengers?! I just hope someone will come along and polish up his likely future turds like Ed Norton apparently has done with Hulk

  6. i get to see this movie tonight woot , dont be jealous just go and make friends with the people who have the copies that they show on the pre screeners night , which is monday….do it and give them lots of alcohol and weed…they will surely allow u to watch it with them before every one else gets to see it…ps they also like pizza!

  7. Okay, I first must disagree with most of you and say that the “original” Hulk film was simply dreadful. All of the ridiculous backstory (which severely departed from the comic depiction) along with the self-indulgent direction of Ang Lee made the film unwatchable in my opinion. With the bar set this low, this new version has got to be better.
    Unfortunately, I fear (based on the trailers I’ve seen) that this new version may have a plot line too similar to Iron Man. I mean, think about it: a guy gets super human powers and tries to use them for good, while, in the meantime, another guy also figures out a way to get super human powers and uses them for evil. Marvel may need to start varying its formula…

  8. Yeah, I liked Ang Lee’s Hulk too. I think of it as the beginning – giving a reason for Banner’s condition and inner turmoil. Now all we need is “Hulk Smash!”, as they say.

    I think this new Hulk film is going to hit the ground running. . .

  9. I’m hoping this is the first of very positive things for this movie….I want it to be good and worth the money I’m putting down.

  10. @CE

    It’s not a spoiler for people who have been following the movie online, but for the regular average moviegoer, they’ve got no idea that he’s in this, so they posted it under spoiler just to be safe. It’ll be a nice surprise for them, especially if they’ve already seen Iron Man(and at this point, who hasn’t?).

  11. forgetable? of course- there was almost no action in the ironman movie.
    but you cant compare it to the hulk- the hulk is going to be filled with action its totally different.

    and i too enjoyed the 2003 hulk movie but knew it could have been a million times better. i also liked daredevil…so..

  12. That isn’t really a spoiler Downey said last month he was in it and that it was to do with the avengers and that they might be against each other.

  13. Hope the review is true and that it kicks ass. The first Hulk was like dating someone but they turned out to a back stabber, now a new girlfriend has come along, we are wary but she might live up to expectations. That’s how I feel so far towards this movie.

  14. glad to hear that this will essentially be balls-to-the-wall action.
    Thanks to Phil & Campea. btw i liked those splitscreens that represented comic panels. i too am one of the few who appreciated Ang’s version for what it was. the only thing i disliked was the final ‘battle’ with his dad. not much of a climax there.

  15. Hey John A

    You said:

    “I’m sorry they are creating another generic by the book comic book movie. It will hit every point that needs to be hit and will have some laughs and a wack load of action. In the end though it will be forgettable just like Iron Man was forgettable.”

    Oh come on dude. Heaven forbid they should make a comic book movie that just gives everyone a really fun time at the theater without needing to be “There Will Be Blood”.

    I’m one of the few who really did enjoy the first Hulk film and what Ang was going for… but this one does look like much more fun.

  16. Blimey, that was quick. I only sent you the link 20 minutes ago. It’s almost like you’ve been sitting motionless at your computer screen for the last few hours waiting for a Hulk review:)

  17. awsome!
    thanks a mil john!

    wow- they point out the thing i hated about the 2003 hulk movie- the split screen scenes! ugh! those were so annoying

    this is really cool- do you know by any chance if this tony stark scene happens after the movie? dont wanna stay after the credits for no reason

    lol and yeah..please dont suck

  18. I’m sorry they are creating another generic by the book comic book movie. It will hit every point that needs to be hit and will have some laughs and a wack load of action. In the end though it will be forgettable just like Iron Man was forgettable.

    Everyone complains about the original Hulk movie but at least Ang Lee tried something different.

    Dispensing with back story, exposition, character development and such simply means we get a fluff action piece that will be forgettable in the long run..

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