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Premise

Dr. Bruce Banner, pelted by gamma rays, turns into the
Hulk.

Cast, Crew, and Other Info

Complete cast and crew listings are available from the
IMDB
. They no
longer list Brooke Langton (as they did when I reviewed
the
novelization) which makes sense, as I didn’t see her
anywhere.

The cast did include Eric Bana as Bruce Banner, Jennifer
Connelly as
Betty Ross, Sam Elloit as General “Thunderbolt” Ross,
Josh Lucas as
Glen Talbot, and Nick Nolte as Dr. David Banner.

It was directed by Ang Lee, written by James Schmaus,
and had a
musical score by Danny Elfman.

High Point

Nick Nolte, through the first two acts of the story.

Low Point

Nick Nolte’s character in the final act of the story.

The Scores

The originality suffers a bit because it’s such a
great
adaptation. It’s new to the big screen, but we’ve seen
much of this
on the small screen, and on the comic book page. I do
have to give
them credit for revamping his origin in a manner than not
only updates
it for today’s science, but actually brings a much more
personal touch
to the villain of the piece. I give it 4 out of 6.

The effects were mixed. Things the Hulk
interacted with,
like water and foam, were often unconvincing. The Hulk
himself
suffered only because of the unnatural skin tone, which
was chosen to
match the comic book character. The interaction of the
Hulk with
human elements, and the facial expressions it was
capable of, were
both excellent. I give the effects 4 out of 6.

The story was a trimmed version of what was
in the
novelization, and the movie benifits from it. (If people
complain
about the pacing now, they should see what could have
been filmed.)
The only real complaint I had was the poor explanation of
the ending.
If I hadn’t read the novelization, I wouldn’t have known
what was
going on, and that’s not a good thing. I give it 4 out of 6.

The acting from most of the players was good.
Eric Bana
wasn’t very animated, but that was his character. Nick
Nolte did an
excellent job, playing a psychotic disturbingly well. I give it
5 out
of 6.

The emotional response this produced was
fair. The neat
visual devices were sometimes distracting in important
scenes, but it
was still great to see the Hulk on screen throwing tanks
around and
such. The interactions between Hulk and Talbot were
particularly
satisfying. I give it 4 out of 6.

The production was excellent. Trust Ang Lee
to make a
gorgeous film. Danny Elfman’s score was a Danny Elfman
score. The
only detriment that really stood out was that the
comic-panel type
shots, which reminded me of split-screens in light
comedies, didn’t
seem serious enough to match some of the scenes they
were used in. It
was a real problem at some points. I give it 4 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a good comic book movie, which
is better than
we might have expected given some of the information
that was leaked
out of context early in the production. I give it 4 out of 6.

In total, The Hulk receives 29 out of 42.