Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 2008. Universal Pictures, Marvel Enterprises, Marvel Studios, Valhalla Motion Pictures, MVL Incredible Productions. Story and Screenplay by Zak Penn. Cinematography by Peter Menzies Jr.. Produced by Avi Arad, Kevin Feige, Gale Anne Hurd. Music by Craig Armstrong. Production Design by Kirk M. Petruccelli. Costume Design by Denise Cronenberg, Renee Fontana. Film Editing by Rick Shaine, Vincent Tabaillon, John Wright.
The mean green mother is back, a little slicker than last time, and thankfully, a lot sillier. It’s been almost a year since anyone has seen Bruce Banner (Edward Norton), as he has escaped from his university laboratory and scientist girlfriend (Liv Tyler) to hide out in a Brazilian slum. Tyler’s father (William Hurt), the military big-wig behind the experiment that led to Norton turning into a behemoth fighting machine, locates our hero and chases him all the way home, but not before arming another soldier (Tim Roth) with similar capabilities (and even deadlier results). The plot doesn’t always make sense, but it’s told with such B-movie zeal that it really doesn’t have to; the effects are great without overtaking the adventurous nature of the film, while the personal relationship at the story’s core is effective without being too maudlin. The actors are a hell of a lot better cast this time, with charismatic (and hilariously scrawny) Norton replacing the weakly uninteresting Bana and lovely Tyler stepping in for the way too serious Jennifer Connelly. Look for Lou Ferrigno in a small cameo (he actually provides the Hulk’s voice for the film).