Well, I saw it!
Man, that was kinda schizoid though, right?
I’d love to read Ed Norton’s unaltered script, because after seeing this, there are some things I just need to know, that I’m sure he covered. Like, why in the heck is the Hulk so angry? Huh? I mean what’s the reason for it. In Ang Lee’s movie, we got to see that Banner is just repressing all kinds of rage, and so an angry Hulk made sense there…but even that Hulk wasn’t as angry as this Hulk.
Why so angry?
I’m just assuming it was Norton’s script that introduced the stray elements that hinted at a larger backstory. Bruce and Betty dropping a shitload of acid in their undergraduate days…uh…WHAT? I mean, very interesting I’m sure, nice detail, but…WHAT? See, there’s something in that, obviously. There has to be. There can’t not be.
Because, Bruce Banner as played by Ed Norton just doesn’t seem like a very angry guy! And he doesn’t seem like a milksop either. He doesn’t seem angry or anti-angry, he just seems like a regular joe.
So, how do you get the Hulk, out of that?
You do have to get it from somewhere. After all, we get the Abomination from somewhere, don’t we? We get the Leader from somewhere, too. So why doesn’t the Hulk come from somewhere?
In many ways it’s a fascinating movie. So much is missing, so much has been replaced. Just compare the King Kong-esque scene with Betty and the Hulk in the cave, to the end of the movie with its sentimental posturing. Think about Lou Ferrigno’s voice growling “Leave me alone” — unexpected, and a little jarring perhaps, but good! Good for Lou. But now think about that awful “Hulk smash!” bit, I mean…how does he even know he’s called the Hulk?
Some gaps are glaring. What was Betty’s “primer”? How could Bruce have been so foolish as to belt himself with gamma rays in the first place? Why would he? What were Bruce and Betty up to, in that lab? When Betty says that she thinks “it knew me”, and Bruce cuts her off — there’s something there, but like everything else, we don’t get to see it.
The “Lonely Man” stuff, the travelogue…it’s interesting, don’t you think? Banner in torn pants hunched against a tree in a market: it’s almost like somebody read the comics, or something, it’s like a Barry Windsor-Smith picture. And I don’t even know what the fahvela opening was all about, all I could think while watching it was “how can some crappy fight between CGI monsters compare to this?” And yet each of these scenes is oddly treated — except for the fahvela, they’re all truncated, while the opening scene goes gloriously on and on. And this is the second time I’ve wished I’d seen a movie in the theatre when I thought I might be able to wait to see it on DVD…the first was Iron Man, for the crazy rocketeering sequences, and the second was this, for the scenery. Oh, the fights ended up being okay! But there’s just one problem.
Who the hell is Bruce Banner?
This is just this close to the Hulk of my youth, the Wein/Trimpe ballcap-wearing Banner, and there are signs of it all over. But, something’s still missing!
I wonder what it is.