'Hulk' Review By The CryptKeeper

Better than the 2008 version.
  • Story
  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Visuals
I think I saw this when it first came out, but I can't be sure. Parts of it looked familiar when I saw it this time, and some did not. I think I caught parts of it on TV now and then. I know just about everyone hated this movie a lot. That's why I didn't rent it for a while. And when I did rent it, I watched all the other movies I rented first. Well, now that I have finally seen this movie, I am glad. I actually thought this was better than 2008's "The Incredible Hulk." This one had a better story, plot, and overall just better. With the newer one, it's unclear why exactly they want to capture Hulk. In this one they make it clearer, and explain everything better, including HOW he became Hulk. Even though it's an incredibly long movie (2 hours 15 minutes) I think it needed every scene in order for you to care about each character, and what goes on in the film overall. With the newer one, it has a running time of about 1 hour and 50 minutes. And I felt that one could have been shorter.

The story I like a lot better than the new one, as I explained. It is a little hard to follow, but it is well explained. I don't want to ruin it, because you think you might know it, but you don't. Let me just say there's more to it than just Hulk smashing things.

The acting... well, I think that Eric Bana did just decent as Bruce Banner. I thought that there are better choices out there, but he did as good as he could have done I think. In "The Incredible Hulk" Edward Norton plays Bruce Banner, and I thought he played the part better than Bana, but he still accomplished Bruce Banner well. Jennifer Connelly plays Bruce Banner's love interest Betty Ross. I think this is one of those rolls that just about any old actress can play. But Since Jennifer Connelly is a good actress, of course she did well with her role. I also liked the chemistry between Eric Bana and Jennifer Connelly.

The director is Ang Lee. I like some of his directing, and sometimes not so much. I like how he takes his time, and doesn't rush scenes. I think that most hated this film mostly because they thought it was boring. I personally thought that it was entertaining the whole way though. But the stuff that I didn't like, and thought it added a cheesy feel to the film were when they used the split screen. Some scenes it worked well, but others it just looked like they were showing off all the stuff they can do, even though we already know they can do it, because they did it just one minute ago. It was way too repetitive, but overall, I liked Ang Lee's directing.

The visuals are stunning. I mean the Hulk is incredible. It's hard to tell it's even computer most of the time. I really liked that. Plus the Hulk looks better than the 2008 version.

Overall, a movie that should get more credit. I think it's a very good film, one that I recommend, but maybe take into consideration that most hated it. The only thing that stops me from giving this a 4.5 is the fact that I think they should have gotten a more well-known cast, and that annoying split screen thing.

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Comments (18)

  1. Lone Wolf

    Also, the new one doesn't explain a whole lot on the backstory of the "Hulk" becuase one, most people know the Hulk's origins and it also follows the original TV show ALOT. The new one was a remake, not a sequel to this version, but I guess they could've gave the origins a little more explanation in it.

    6 years agoby @54729Flag

  2. Lone Wolf

    I will admit, I like this movie more than the average person, but to me, it wasn't even CLOSE to being as good as the 2008 version. I guess you'd have to be a fan of the comic to really enjoy it though.

    6 years agoby @54729Flag

  3. The CryptKeeper

    and yes MovieMaster.... i think?

    6 years agoby @catwomanFlag

  4. The CryptKeeper

    Sorry, VIS. I dont have a comp, so its hard to get on here right now. lol

    and well i am all for an adaptation that actually follows a comic book well. however, i do not read the comics, so i guess i never really knew that it was a bad interpretation of the first. and I agree with Raven and Vis on the action thing. the newer one had more action... but poorly plotted, and for some reason i just wasnt too interested while watching it. IDK why. and this one was entertaining, even though it wasnt a thrill ride of action and shootings galore.

    and well, TDK, of what ive heard Broke Back Mt is a good film. plus it has Ledger in it, so show some respect.

    6 years agoby @catwomanFlag

  5. The Dark Knight

    hahaha It was a joke Vis

    6 years agoby @thedarkknight23Flag

  6. Moviemaster75

    FINALLY! some one who agrees with me, the 2008 version was like the visuals were ass. lol

    6 years agoby @moviemaster75Flag

  7. T.Clark

    ...where the hell is Crypt in all this...REACT TO YOUR REVIEW'S COMMENTS, PLEASE! ;)

    6 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  8. T.Clark

    Oh yeah, because I ALWAYS base my film opinion on what the director will be filming 3 years later...

    That was an insult towards The Dark Knight(the user, not the movie)

    If that insult was too hard for you to wrap your head around TDK, let me explain it...read slowly: you "NO WAY" for Lee's Hulk because Lee directed a gay cowboy movie. That gay cowboy movie was released 3 YEARS after Hulk. SO, either you have some sort of future-telling powers and you saw Lee would be filming a gay cowboy movie after Hulk OR you didn't quite have an opinion on the movie until Lee's OTHER movie was released and you said to yourself "well, this tears it."

    In short, base your opinion on the movie on the movie, not what other films the director did. I can see it if someone like Uwe Bole directed, but Lee is an award winning director, so come up with a better reason for not liking his Hulk...MINE was a good reason, I give you permission to use it as long as you quote every time

    6 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  9. RavenX5 God of Light

    hey guys,my Resident Evil Degeneration review is up check it out.

    6 years agoby @hackx9Flag

  10. Vamp

    "Brokeback Mountain" won Academy Awards. Just because it's not your forte doesn't mean everyone else hated it.

    6 years agoby @vampire2000Flag

  11. The Dark Knight

    disagree strongly but I do like how this one is longer well at least its feels like it. But the whole comic book way of filming sucked and the director Ang lee directed Chrouchen Tiger hidden dragon then does this and fails then does brokeback mountain GAY COWBOYS! NO WAY IN MY BOOK.

    6 years agoby @thedarkknight23Flag

  12. RavenX5 God of Light

    .......i like the 2003 version and ill always do and yes,the desert part kicks ass.

    6 years agoby @hackx9Flag

  13. T.Clark

    Raven, you disliked it for the wrong reasons. There was action in Lee's version, and it looked cool. The desert tank scene is awesome. Letterier's version had way more action you're right, but don't forget the first part of the movie where all it was was Bruce in a bottle factory and no Hulk. The reason you should be disliking the Lee's version more is because it didn't stay true enough to any Hulk publishing, whether it be the comics or the old TV series, which this year's version stayed true to both.

    6 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  14. RavenX5 God of Light

    Great review,but this version was a big ass dissapointment because,theres too much talk and not enough action and thats why the 2008 has more improvements thatn the 2003 version.BTW,you might wanna check out the 1998 animated series of Hulk,its awesome and has more story to the character.

    6 years agoby @hackx9Flag

  15. T.Clark

    I liked this one, and you're right, it SHOULD get more credit, but any comic fan will side with this year's version, and rightly so, because it stayed more true to the source material. They didn't elaborate on the plot in the new film because they featured it in the opening credits like the old TV show used to. Ang Lee's version spent a good portion on the plot, so they had that in mind, also. The split screen was very annoying, I agree. The military wanted to capture Hulk because, well for one, he's a giant monster who smashes everything, and they want to create soldiers of their own from his DNA. To sum it up, Lee's version is a good film, but Letterier's version is also a good film, AND better adaptation.

    6 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  16. The CryptKeeper

    Thanks Vamp on the spelling. I have a spell check, but I guess it is stupid, and didn't catch "Minute". I know how to spell the word, I just was typing fast. lol. and yes, i did mean "They" in that one part. I guess spell check didnt catch it because "the" is a word anyway. lol and thanks again for the compliment, AND spelling, which I shall edit soon.

    and thanks MovieNerd. I know a lot of people hate this movie, and many totally disagree with everything I stated... so I'm surprised some *sshole hasn't come on here and done name calling yet. lol. thanks

    6 years agoby @catwomanFlag

  17. Vamp

    Good review, which I agree with, but only on the part where you say it was way too underrated. I thought 2008's version was eight million times better, and Hulk looked eight million times better in the new film. I DID like this one a lot though, and I even own it, so I'm glad you liked it.

    Oh, and in your fourth paragraph, about the directing, you've got a few mistakes:

    "thought it added a cheesy feel to the film were when the (I think you meant to use "THEY" here. Not sure, though.) used the split screen. Some scenes it worked well, but others it just looked like they were showing off all the stuff they can do, even though we already know they can do it, because they did it just one minuet (Should be "MINUTE") ago. It was way too repetitive, but overall, I liked Ang Lee's directing."

    Thought you'd like to know, lolz. Anyway, this was a great review, like I said, though I disagree with a lot of it, like I ALSO said, lolz! Keep up the good work! LOLZ!

    6 years agoby @vampire2000Flag

  18. MovieNerd

    Wow man I totally disagree with you. I thought the visuals were horrific in this compared to the 2008 version. I thought the story was boring and there was not nearly enough action. Plus for the 2008 version, they don't explain all that stuff because it is explained in this version so you don't want to be repetitive. But any way a well written review that I disagree with:)

    6 years agoby @nickoFlag