• The Incredible Hulk

    Posted by on June 22nd, 2008 · Comments (6)

    No, this is not about Jason Giambi.

    My wife and I went to see The Incredible Hulk (movie) today. Granted, I went in with moderate expectations. But, I liked it. In fact, I liked it more than Iron Man (which we saw last month). Of course, any movie with Ed Norton is usually good. And, Norton gives The Incredible Hulk some legs – as he attracts and keeps your attention. Tim Roth and William Hurt did a good job in this one as well. Liv Tyler was sort of…blah. But, it didn’t ruin the film. If you’re a fan of the Marvel Studio films, I recommend checking this one out.

    In terms of all the Marvel Studio theatrical releases that I’ve seen, here’s where I would place The Incredible Hulk:

    1. Blade: Trinity (2004)
    2. Spider-Man (2002)
    3. Blade (1998)
    4. X-Men (2000)
    5. Blade II (2002)
    6. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
    7. X2 (2003)
    8. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
    9. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
    10. Spider-Man 3 (2007)
    11. Fantastic Four (2005)
    12. The Punisher (2004)
    13. Daredevil (2003)
    14. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
    15. Iron Man (2008)
    16. Hulk (2003)
    17. Ghost Rider (2007)
    18. Elektra (2005)

    Ghost Rider and Elektra are on the list because I saw them. But, they were pretty bad.

    What about films based on DC Comics? The only ones there, that I truly liked – in the sense that I would want them in my DVD collection – are: Batman (1989), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), and Batman Begins (2005).

    If I had to place them in the list with the Marvel Studio films, I would rank “Batman Begins” between “Blade II” and “Spider-Man 2.” (Yeah, it’s that good.) And, I would place “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” between “X2” and “The Incredible Hulk.” (Many would disagree with this – but, for some reason “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” just sits well with me.) Lastly, I would sit “Batman” (from 1989) between “Spider-Man 3” and (the) “Fantastic Four.”

    Hellboy (2004) – taken from Dark Horse Comics – was a pretty good film. (And, the sequel, coming out soon, looks promising.) If I were to place “Hellboy” on the list above, I would squeeze it in just outside the ‘top ten’ – right around where “Fantastic Four” sits.

    Comments on The Incredible Hulk

    1. JeremyM
      June 22nd, 2008 | 5:28 pm

      You rated Iron Man quite a bit lower than I would have. And no love for any of the Superman films? Personally, I’d have Superman I and Batman Begins at the top of my comic book movies list.

    2. June 22nd, 2008 | 5:50 pm

      Actually, #12 thru #15 on the Marvel list for me was close. So, while I had Iron Man at #15, it could have also made it as high as #12. Part of it, for me, with Iron Man was that I had high expectations, based on the hype…and, in the end, it sort of seemed like it was a rip-off of RoboCop 2.

      The Superman movies? They never really hit it with me. Maybe it’s because I thought the flying scenes were too cheesy? Of all the Supe-flicks, I liked “II” the best – but, that was more because of General Zod and his crew than anything else.

    3. K.V.C
      June 22nd, 2008 | 6:18 pm

      Your list…UGH. The biggest choice I have a problem with is FF:Rise of the silver surfer ahead of Ironman???? The big fight in FF is against a Ferris Wheel for gods sake.

    4. June 22nd, 2008 | 6:55 pm

      Hey, like I said, #12 thru #15 was a close call here for me. You could rank them in any order within those slots – if you ask me.

      And, those four movies, to me, were just O.K. – and none were great. So, I have a hard time saying one is better, or worse, than the others.

      Was there a great fight scene in Iron Man? Like I said, the big on there seemed like a rip-off of Robocop to me.

    5. bfriley76
      June 23rd, 2008 | 10:37 am

      The fact that you listed Blade Trinity #1 completely negates the entire list for me. It’s not even the best “Blade” film, much less the best Marvel film. In fact, to paraphrase a line from a Brian Posehn comedy bit, it doesn’t just suck compared to the other Blade films, it sucks compared to other films that suck. It’s just a horrible, horrible film.

    6. June 23rd, 2008 | 11:05 am

      OMG, Blade Trinity, to me, had the perfect blend of action, story, comedy, interesting side characters, over the top bad guys, sexy female roles, and instant-classic one-liners that you’d want in a Comics-related movie. What’s not to love there?

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