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Article for the week of 6/16/08

“Incredible Hulk” tries to smash last movie from memory
By, Ezra Mann (Editor and Green Eyed Hero)

Alright Marvel, we know you feel bad for that last offering of the big green guy with the whole went overboard on the complicated nature of the beast. We’ll let it slide this time even though you kind of rebooted the series, but at the same time kept the parts you liked out of what happened last time.
Yup, “The Incredible Hulk” is back on the big screen and this time he’s still got anger issues, though his other half, Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) is working on a little self therapy for whatever it’s worth. Ok, he’s trying to get rid of his hulk-maniac nature, but we’d not shell out $7.50 or more for Banner: Small and Struggling with Roid Rage. But fear not, the Hulk isn’t going to be gone for too long.
Enter Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth), an insignificant flea of a man that will play a monster of a foe for Mr. Green. He’s working for the returning General Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross (William Hurt) who for some reason wants Hulkster out of the way, but not before he can get what makes the rage work into something he can use for his own means.
Good or grey intentions aside, Hulk’s got work to do to save the world from the General’s mistake and protect the love of his life, Betty Ross (Liv Tyler). From the jungles of South America to Virginia to New York City develops a story that may take certain real world background elements that should have been better researched liberties, it was better than I expected. I felt like I had some of the old school TV show moments back, especially with Lou Ferrigno voicing the Hulk, but innovative enough to keep with modern movie technology.
There were a few moments where I was confused with the lesser important dialogue, but not so much that I was put to sleep. It wasn’t as good as Iron Man, but I did not feel I wasted an afternoon at the cinema.
The battles were for the most part easy enough to follow, though a few shots I had to close my eyes to readjust to the movement. Characters were well placed even if I couldn’t help but think of how much Liv Tyler is looking like her father every now and again. It’s at least a good popcorn flick.
The movie is appropriate enough for most age groups, though please try and wait to watch it with infants until you’re not in a public viewing area. All in all, a bit campy, but tolerable even for the most anal fans. For a decent effort in the big green guy’s return to the silver screen I give “The Incredible Hulk” three and one fourth ripple effects out of five.

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