Today, thanks to shdowchsr I saw The Incredible Hulk at the world premier. I didn’t know what to expect. On one hand the last time Hollywood tried to make a Hulk movie, it sucked massively. Also, we all know that the track record for comic books made into movies is less than stellar. On the other hand, Ed Norton & Tim Roth as main character? Those two aren’t really known for picking crappy movies to play parts in. Also I heard that Ed Norton only accepted the role if he could have a hand in actually writing the script so needless to say I was curious. Truth be told I kind of expected it to suck, but hoped it wouldn’t suck too horribly.
This was SO much better than I expected. Really, from the start to the finish it was top notch. The more I think about it the more I like it. I’ve mentioned how much I liked Iron Man and with this one the list of movies Marvel studios is producing on their own is a solid 2 for 2. This is a major score for Universal too, and if I were them I’d be making sure to lock in distro rights on the future stuff yesterday. Anyway, the thing I was most worried about was the CGI. I can’t help it, I grew up with real models and stop motion and there’s something about the fake computer stuff that always bugs me and that was one of the biggest problems with the first Hulk movie. It totally wasn’t a problem in this on. (keep reading if you don’t care about spoilers)
I want to kiss whoever decided to hide the hulk as much possible in the first fight sceen in Brazil. Really, who ever you are, find me, provide certified proof that it was your decision, and I’ll kiss you. Even if you are a dude. But no tongue. Anyway, that scene is SO bad ass, and the hulk is so mysterious, that by the time the next one comes around the audience was dying to see it up close and personal. And of course they delivered. There was actual audience cheering in the theater and all of the references to Nick Fury, Tony Stark, and the subtle hints of the future of The Avengers, shows that at long last the keys to this movie making machine are in the right hands.
Afterwords, when we were walking out, we were talking about how it seems that the change from Hollywood trying to make movies out of comic books, to people who create and are fans of comic books making movies out of comic books is finally starting to click for Hollywood. Either because they are getting the hint, or because they have no choice, the traditional duchetards who mess up all good ideas are hands off here much to the benefit of the final result. I don’t want to give too much away, and I’m not really a movie reviewer, but this was full of awesome. I had a fantastic time and found myself clapping and cheering with those around me. I can’t remember the last time I did that in a theater, but if Marvel keeps this up it won’t be long until I do it again. I might even have to go back and see this one again.