023 The Incredible Hulk

five-stars

Directed by Louis Leterrier.
Written by Zak Penn and Edward Norton.
Starring Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, William Hurt, and Tim Roth.
Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 52 minutes. Adventure.

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Liv Tyler is the real star, hitting every emotional note with full commitment. The costume and muah people do a smart job as well.

Leterrier possesses a nuance gained from years working under Luc Besson (including perhaps an appreciation for strong female leads.) This is one of the few MCU products I’ve seen where I sense a style in the photography, and an emotion that outshines the plot. Watching Liv’s performance I was thinking, “How wasted she was under Peter Jackson.”

I don’t see The Incredible Hulk as an FX film, regardless of all the action sequences. The meticulous effects do the job of not being noticed, so we can focus on the love story, and the tragedy of rage beyond control. A subtle masterpiece. Highly underrated.

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