Daniel's Critical Corner

June 13, 2008

Daniel’s Critical Corner: “The Incredible Hulk”

Filed under: Film,Reviews — Daniel @ 8:00 am

For The Last Time, This Is Not “Fight Club” !

 ~ Hello Everyone ~
 Welcome To Daniel’s Critical Corner !
Keeping His Pants On Today:  The Incredible Hulk

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UGH !  This is just not working… Darn it !  I thought I could write
this new review while wearing my “Hulk Smash Hands”.  Guess not.
Sigh…  Well, at least I can do it while wearing my “Hulk Underoos”.
Granted, they are a little tight, but still fun to wear !!!

Speaking of a “little” tight, what is going on with the Hulk’s pants
anyway?  I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I want ’em
off…  seeing some HUGE CGI gamma ray zapped “cucumber” has 
zero appeal, but what is the secret to those bad boys staying on?

Talking about trousers and stuff is just not my cup of tea.  That’s why
I never reviewed “The Sisterhood of the Ya Ya Pants” (or whatever it
was called).  However, I am a man always seeking knowledge, and if
anyone can give me a logical explanation for this phenomena, I’m ALL
ears.  LOL ! 

Now, “gamma rays” are another mystery altogether, but those little
buggers show up in EVERY “Hulk” incarnation that pops up in movie
theaters, comic books and cartoons.  I wonder if a high SPF sunscreen
would be affective against them ?  Probably not, and I would never be
willing to test it out.  Knowing my luck, MY PANTS would be the first
Hulk pants (in the history of Hulk pants) to rip off.  In front of a
busload of nuns.

These aforementioned gamma rays were featured in the LAST “Hulk”
film (an Incredible FLOP) directed by Lang Wee.  Um…  Wang Less.
Er…  The gay cowboy dude.  You know, he brought us Crotching
Tigers, and such.  Well, his take on our Marvel superstar was less
than well received.  Edward Norton saw this, and said “This movie
sucks, I can do better”.   So here we are. 

Tang Free said the same thing about “Fight Club” to be fair, and
so his answer to that was “Brokeback Mountain”.  Did I finally get
the name right?  “Brokeback Mountain” was a Tang Free film, was
it not ?  Hmmm…

At any rate, we have a brand new “spin” on the big green guy, and it
ain’t half bad !  This version hits the ground running from where the
last one left off…  It really isn’t related to the 2003 flick, but in some
ways, it could be.  We only see a few minutes of back story and then
 BOOM, we are with Bruce Banner (The Hulk’s alter ego) hiding out in 
Brazil.  Banner, of course, is being played by Edward Norton, whose 
portrayal of this introspective character is spot on.  Much like Robert
Downey Jr.’s performance as Tony Stark in “Iron Man”, Norton brings
credibility and balance to “The Incredible Hulk”. 

Bruce is (sad to say) contaminated with some horrible, vile stuff.  But
what do you expect when you drink the water in Brazil ?  Aside from
that, he is also radioactive, and the gamma poisoning residing deep
within his very DNA will turn him into a large nightmarish freak the
moment he gets angry.  Kudos to veteran action film director Louis 
Leterrier, who manages to pull off this grusome transformation
flawlessly !


Lights…  Gamma…  ACTION !


Mr. Banner works at some sort of bottling plant, (under an alias), and
his supervisors start to realize he is too smart for just day labor.  He
refuses promotions however, to keep his guise intact.  Staying low key,
he can live in his humble apartment with his dog and work on finding
a cure for his unusual infliction. 

Things go well until an accident at his job causes the U.S. Military to
find him.  They are the the ones actually behind his ghastly condition,
and they need him back to unlock his secrets.  Turns out, the Army  
wants to build a race of SUPER SOLDIERS (in addition to creating the
next winner of “American Idol”).

 Well, all of this ticks Bruce off, and in no time he turns into the mean,
green butt-whoopin’ machine “The Hulk”.  He manages to thrash a few
soldiers before escaping back to the USA where he must find his long
lost love Betty Ross (Liv Tyler).  I couldn’t stop staring at her lips
during this movie…  Have they always been that big ?  We are talkin’
“Angelina Jolie” big.  Or “Someone slammed a door on her FACE” big. 
OK, so she is dating The Hulk.  I guess that would explain it.  Ha Ha ! 
“Liv and let Liv”.  That’s my motto !

After getting hooked back up with Betty, Bruce tries to find a scientist
(by the name of Mr. Blue) who can help him with his dilemma.  The Army
won’t let up, and they decide to catch Bruce by creating a hulk of their
own. This “Abomination” soon runs amok, and there is no stopping what
has become a Frankenstein experiment FROM HELL.


Get Off My Back Hillary…  I Said “ABOMINATION”
Not “Obama Nation” !  Sheeesh !!!


Plenty of by the numbers fights ensue, and yes, there were a couple of times
when I felt like I was watching a video game.  But the action goes at such a
thrilling pace, one is inclined to just buy into the illusion and enjoy the ride.

As a matter of fact, the final battle scene was so long and intense, I almost
 needed a cigarette when it was all said and done.  I’ve got to admit, it’s really
fun to watch The Hulk do his thing. (Much more fun than watching The Thing
do his hulk).  But that’s another movie.

A surefire summer hit, this Green Giant is guaranteed
to make you Jolly !


Would I Recommend This ?  Yes

Daniel’s Critical Rating:  “8” out of “10”  








  1. Nice review! I will be the first to say HULK SMAAAAAAASH!!!!

    Comment by russ — June 13, 2008 @ 8:01 am | Reply

  2. Thanks Russ ! It is a “Smash” indeed ! 🙂

    Comment by Daniel's Critical Corner — June 13, 2008 @ 8:30 am | Reply

  3. I would be interested in seeing it only if the hulk was still lou ferrigno.

    Comment by Phil — June 13, 2008 @ 9:35 am | Reply

  4. Well, in some ways, CGI will never be able to replace the organic feel
    of some guy painted green. Our imaginations were so much bigger back
    in those days. (Lou does have a nice cameo in this flick) ! Give “The
    Incredible Hulk” a shot, you might be surprised how much it emulates the
    vibe of the original TV show !!!

    Comment by Daniel's Critical Corner — June 13, 2008 @ 9:40 am | Reply

  5. Didn’t read your review but just wanted to check the rating. Now I’m DEFINATELY seeing it this weekend! Thanks dude!

    Comment by alntv — June 13, 2008 @ 9:59 am | Reply

  6. Cool ! Let me know what you think !!!

    Comment by Daniel's Critical Corner — June 13, 2008 @ 10:05 am | Reply

  7. Yay! This is another good one…heheheh Hillary and ‘abomination’…and Liv’s big lips, HAHAHA that is funny..I am looking forward to it 🙂 and I will think of Stewie walking lonely to the Incredible Hulk theme..LOL

    Comment by Gayle — June 13, 2008 @ 3:32 pm | Reply

  8. Ha Ha ! Thanks Gayle… I’m sure you are going to enjoy this one !
    I myself am looking forward to seeing it again. LOL @ Stewie 🙂

    Comment by Daniel's Critical Corner — June 13, 2008 @ 6:05 pm | Reply

  9. I think I’m heading out to see this tonight. Glad to see you gave it a good review. And fwiw, Liv’s lips were always that big. I mean look at her dad’s. Is it wrong that Steven Tyler turns me on? Oh, wait we were talking about the movie…well I look forward to seeing it.

    Comment by Lady Jaye — June 14, 2008 @ 8:21 am | Reply

  10. I think Steven Tyler turns EVERYONE on. (That
    doesn’t make it any less wrong however). LOL !

    Comment by Daniel's Critical Corner — June 14, 2008 @ 9:30 am | Reply

  11. Hey, funny review (and well done, too). As for the movie, it certainly had its qualities, and the action was very HULK SMASH. Overall, I thought it was better than the 2003 Hulk, but I did not think it was as well executed as Iron Man. The action was great but the pacing was off and it felt rushed. I’m eager to see the extended DVD so that I can see all the scenes that were cut. I have a feeling that the DVD will be better than the theatrical version, just as was the case with the Lord of the Rings films.

    Comment by sophosmoros — June 14, 2008 @ 4:11 pm | Reply

  12. Thank You !!! This new “Hulk” is SO much better than the first… But in a way,
    we have gone from one extreme to the other. It would be nice to find some
    “middle” ground. I don’t think we are going to see a “deeper” Hulk anytime
    soon though. With the “Avengers” movie looming, there will be no room for
    anyone (or anything) to grow further in that kind of venue. With all of the
    characters sharing equal billing and such, it will just be an action packed
    extravaganza. And that’s OK !!! I agree with you in regards to this “Hulk”
    being a little “rushed”. The uncut version should be a real treat, and after
    the success of the character-driven “Iron Man”, I’m still baffled that they
    trimmed it down in the first place.

    Comment by Daniel's Critical Corner — June 14, 2008 @ 6:00 pm | Reply

  13. MMmm. I am so excited to see this!! Jolly green giant.. You crack me up.

    Comment by oxfordfilmfreak — June 17, 2008 @ 8:46 pm | Reply

  14. Thank You !!! (I Try) !!! LOL !!! 🙂

    Comment by Daniel's Critical Corner — June 18, 2008 @ 3:48 pm | Reply

  15. ur reviews rock man..i have already told u this before anyways..
    funny and delivering the right points…
    ooh…i would like to see that battle sequence 😛

    Comment by arvind — June 21, 2008 @ 10:45 am | Reply

  16. I really appreciate that ! Thank you !!! 🙂

    Comment by Daniel's Critical Corner — June 21, 2008 @ 6:45 pm | Reply

  17. LMAO!!!!!!!!! Well another great review from the best!!! I love knowing I will laugh my ass off when I read your reviews. Well on to the next one. You rock!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Terry Haack — June 23, 2008 @ 10:43 pm | Reply

  18. Terry, YOU are the best ! LOL ! Thank you !!!

    Comment by Daniel's Critical Corner — June 24, 2008 @ 11:00 am | Reply

  19. Great review! Very funny. I am going to take my son to see The Hulk this sunday at the dollar theater with Justin. I’ll see ya next time we hit the weights!

    Comment by Scott from the Gym — August 7, 2008 @ 12:52 pm | Reply

  20. Thanks Scott !!! Trust me, the second it is over BOTH of
    you are going to want to see it AGAIN !!! Have fun !!! 🙂

    Comment by Daniel's Critical Corner — August 7, 2008 @ 3:54 pm | Reply

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