Saw this at the cinema today, the girlfriend wanted to see The Happening, but we would've had to wait around for and extra hour, so we went with The Incredible Hulk.
She wasn't happy at the end of it.
Vicky: "Well that was a load of old crap wasn't it?"
Matt: "It wasn't that great, no."
Why wasn't it that great? Well if you ignore the fact that Iron Man came out recently and was awesome, I'll tell you..
Firstly, Edward Norton is a crap Bruce Banner, in fact, he's just crap, overly wimpy, wet, weak sack of dead poodle.
Secondly, Liv Tyler is mind-numbing as Betty Ross, literally mind-numbing, but as a couple, they suit each other as the scene where they practically melt into the rain demonstrates.
The combo of Eric Bana and Jennifer Connelly was much better in my view.
Apparently Edward Norton started revising the script when he came on board, I'm guessing he did all the wimpy dialogue bits.
There's too much wimpy bits and not enough Hulk. Yes I know the character has two aspects, but I wasn't at all sold on the Bruce Banner side and when Hulk was on screen, he didn't really have the presence he should've done, no weight to him (physically).
The fights were almost pretty good, Tim Roth was pretty good as Emil Blonsky, but much like the Scarecrow in BB, underused, and I kinda lost interest in him when he turns into Abomination (that's in the trailer btw). In fact, I didn't really care about ANYONE in the film, none of the characters really had any merit to them, I was just sat there thinking, yeah yeah, blah blah, let's see Hulk kick some ass...
...Oh no, it's become Peter Jackson's King Kong. Damn.
There are elements of this one that are good, there are elements of Ang Lee's Hulk, that are also good, if you stick the two together, you're on your way to a decent Hulk movie, but then at the end of the day this is just a setup for The Avengers, at least Iron Man had some substance to it.
So a couple of good Hulk Smash! scenes and not much else.
The Incredible Hulk - 6/10