The Incredible Hulk 2008 ★★★½

Universal's 2nd try at a Hulk film is much better than the Ang Lee directed movie, moving past the "Daddy Issues" & getting to more of what the audience wants, to see Hulk Smash! Though the movie is more action orientated, that doesn't mean it leaves the characters and their story arcs behind, as Bruce Banner truly grows from his experiences throughout the movie, getting past his need to "cure" himself, and moving forward in accepting what he is. Casting of this movie was great, headed by the remarkable Edward Norton, playing Bruce Banner on the run perfectly, with equal parts tragedy & humanity, as he comes to terms with the power he holds within himself. As the dual foils for Bruce/Hulk to play off of is William Hurt as "Thunderbolt" Ross, on his Ahab like search for his green whale, also along for the ride is Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky/Abomination, finally, as the calming force in Bruce's life is Liv Tyler as Betty Ross. With big action & an enjoyable story, a truly worthy Hulk movie.

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