If you're looking for the old smash and grab at the box office, don't get angry if we say this Hulk is focused more on art than action. Nerdy scientist (Eric Bana) gets zapped with gamma rays and then turns big, green and mean when he gets irritated. Director Ang Lee spends a lot of time focusing on Bana's character's backstory, adding repressed memories and dad issues (thanks Nick Nolte) to the complex psychodrama.
You can argue that he spends too long on it, but his effort--and cool layered frame style and wipes--should be admired, making this one of the most artistic, intelligent comic-book films to date. Once the Hulk is revealed, it's much like Lee's flying ninjas in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon--either you're with the leaping, tank-chucking CGIed green badass, or you're not. We are. He's quite a sight, and the awesome scope of the film's major battle is completely riveting. And the anticipation makes the rage release that much more exciting. You'll enjoy it, just like the Hulk himself.
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