Film Review: The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Into the Dark - Film Review: The Incredible Hulk (2008)

This movie version of the Hulk (coming just five years after Ang Lee’s version) moves at a brisk pace, forgoing the origin story and diving right into a cat and mouse chase.  I personally had a hard time investing in a CGI-plasticky Hulk, but Edward Norton makes up for it in his appropriately understated performance as Bruce Banner.  I’m not a fan of the Hulk, but I can appreciate him in the context of metaphor, as a symbol for primal male aggression.  Scenes where Liv Tyler tries to pacify the beast were my favorites, but they only skim the surface of some potentially provocative subject matter.

I’d be interested in seeing a darker version of the Hulk, where Banner is much more fearful of his transformation, which I see as a humiliating evolutionary regression.  I mean, do we really want to celebrate someone’s horrific submission to rage and violence?  Loss of one’s humanity should be treated more like a nightmare than a superpower.

Rating: 3/5 ★★★☆☆ 

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Scott studied film and sociology at Indiana University and is currently the video producer for a large publishing company. He is the director of several independent films, including "House of Hope," "Off the Beaten Path," "The Day Joe Left," and "Found." For more about Scott, visit www.scottschirmer.com. Scott is also one of the principal organizers of the Dark Carnival Film Festival. (www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com)

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