It’s no Ruffalo but Norton does the job well – Avengers chronological re-watch, film #3
Stars: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth
Director: Louis Leterrier
Synopsis: Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) is in hiding from the US government after a science experiment goes wrong and causes him, at moments of extreme anger or excitement, to transform into an uncontrollable giant green monster. While trying to find a cure and stop the government from getting the data to enable them to create more monsters like him for the purpose of weapons, Bruce discovers (with the help of his ex-girlfriend Betty) that his monster, that’s been nicknamed Hulk, might not be so uncontrollable after all.
Opinion: In all my years watching Avengers movies, I had never previously seen this one. There were two reasons for this, one being that for a long time I had no idea that it was actually directly part of the Avengers universe and two because honestly the Hulk just isn’t a character that I’ve really ever liked. Now because I’m doing the big re-watch, I figured it was time I actually check it out and of course I’m a huge idiot for not doing so before because it’s genuinely a good movie. While there have obviously been some changes to Hulk since this movie aired (I do prefer Ruffalo as Bruce, sorry Ed) it was honestly pretty cool to see how and why the character came into the picture. The thing I enjoyed the most with this movie was how it was set after the creation of Hulk rather than the lead up to. You get a quick 5-10-minute montage at the start showing the events that caused it but ultimately Banner & Hulk are already one being and this film shows the search for a cure and the discovery of being able to control the beast. While the CGI is a little dated, it doesn’t deter from the fact that this is an action packed film that is both fun to watch and genuinely made me care more about Bruce/Hulk than I ever have before. I regret that it’s taken me this long to watch it but it was also kind of fun feeling that first time watch thrill for a movie that’s nearly 11 years old and being able to see the little cross references within it to the Iron Man film and the Avengers in general. Overall it was big, loud, mean and kind of fun…everything a giant green Hulk should be.
Fun Fact: There was no end credit scene which was such a shock to me as I am so used to Marvel films having on. The was, thankfully, a Stan Lee cameo though and cool little name drops and even a gust appearance throughout so keep a look out for those.