We Defend the Indefensible
The Incredible Hulk was released in 2008. It became one of the first movies that introduced us to the beautiful marvel universe. The perception of this movie is not good. We’re here to argue that not only is it good, but The Incredible Hulk is the best MCU movie.
Edward Norton played the green monster in this incarnation. He was accompanied by Liv Tyler, who undertook the role of Betty Ross, his romantic entanglement. Tim Roth was also involved, who played the role of Emil Blonsky and the Abomination.
Yet, the general perception of this movie was not good. The audience did not like the movie, and some consider this to be at the bottom of the barrel of MCU movies. But, we’re here to argue that not only is it good! But it is better than some of the modern instalments of the MCU universe, such as Infinity War and Endgame. Before you say anything, let us present our case for The Incredible Hulk as the best MCU movie.
What Was the Plot?
As The Incredible Hulk has been largely ignored since 2008. It makes sense to refresh your memory about the plot of this movie. Dr Bruce Banner, played by Norton, seeks the cure to his green-rage condition. All the while the authorities search for him after the events of the Gamma Bomb from 2003. He comes close to the cure, but the Abomination gets into his way and destroys his chances of ever getting a cure.
What Didn’t You Know About The Incredible Hulk Movie?
Liv Tyler accepted the role without even reading the script because she wanted to be a part of a superhero action movie.
The director, Louis Leterrier, wanted to cast Mark Ruffalo for the role of Hulk, but the studio went in another direction. As we know Ruffalo would later replace Norton as Hulk in Avengers Assemble and byeond.
Unlike other Hulk movies, the face of the green monster was not modelled after the lead actor. Instead, it was a homage to the Hulk artist Mike Deodato since Edward Norton was not a part of the project until after the CGI work had been completed. This demonstrates how the studio was still finding its feet.
Norton wanted to input into the project. As he had with his previous success American History X. But, the studio cut his input and only a few scenes were included in the final edit that Norton was happy with. Demonstrating some of the tension that ultimately led to recasting the role.
We’re going to assume that you have only watched this movie once or twice in your life during a Marvel marathon. If you pay close attention to the opening scenes, you will find plenty of hidden Easter Eggs there. Such as Tony Stark’s blueprints for a sonic cannon that is later used in the movie as a defence mechanism against the Hulk.
Did you know Captain America was teased in the movie too? Well, in some alternate endings, we see a block of frozen ice with Captain America taking his nap with his beloved shield. The majority of fans missed this because this scene was included in one of the many alternate endings.
Why the Incredible Hulk is an Excellent Movie?
You may believe that the Incredible Hulk from 2008 was a horrible movie that should be scraped from the MCU timeline. But, this movie may astonish you and turn out to be one of the best, if not the best, movies in the MCU universe. Here’s why.
The Hulk Wasn’t Too Talkative
If you’re familiar with the previous versions of Hulk. Specifically Ang Lee’s Hulk from 2002. You must appreciate the lack of nonsensical and oversentimental scenes from The Incredible Hulk.
While Ange Lee’s Hulk felt the need to fill out every silence with dramatic overtones and sentences, The Incredible Hulk only wanted to smash. Thus, this marvellous movie from 2008 gave as a less talkative and more raging Hulk. Isn’t that the true definition of Hulk? The green monster who likes to smash.
Mark Ruffalo’s Avengers Hulk is good. We’re not going to say that his HulkBut. But, there are times when he talks way too much and focuses on things other than smashing. We see him having fun with others, playing with Thor, and taking selfies with kids. Well, if that is the kind of Hulk you want, you should know that this is not how the creators intended it.
So, the Incredible Hulk from 2008 gave us the best Hulk so far. As a doctor, he was a genius yet a mad scientist, and as Hulk, he was all about the smashing. Remember the twee “I am always angry” from Mark Ruffalo? Well, that’s why Edward Norton’s Hulk is far superior to any other Hulk appearances and takes the lead.
The Brilliant Performances from Edward Norton and Tim Roth
This should be enough to change your mind about the movie. While you may have some doubts about the overall flow and editing. You cannot deny the incredible performances from Edward Norton as Dr Bruce Banner/Hulk and Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky/Abomination
Mark Ruffalo might be a more popular Hulk, but Edward Norton was an amazing Dr Bruce Banner and Hulk at the same time. Every time you see Ruffalo on screen, you don’t feel the Hulk shining through. It takes a few green screens and CGI to turn Mark Ruffalo into Hulk. However, Ed Norton played the role so well that you could see him as the calm doctor and raging monster at the same time.
Tim Roth played the sinister role of Abomination better than other villains of the Marvel Universe to date. Yes, we are comparing him to Hela, Thanos, and Loki. He was calm and determined at the same time. His only goal was to smash Hulk, and he did it several times during the movie. He not only excelled at his performance as an aggressive soldier but also gave us a knockout performance.
Therefore, the Incredible Hulk from 2008 gave us an equally amazing and capable antagonist and protagonist. Go on. Mention any other movie with the same level of both roles. If the protagonist did well in some movies, the antagonist lacked in some areas. This is why the Incredible Hulk is the best MCU movie so far for acting.
The Outstanding Grand Finale
You may love the final battle in the endgame but think about the glorious showdown between the Hulk and the Abomination. Now, think about the technology and CGI effects back then and reimagine the scene. It was way better than any other movie, and it gave us one of the first CGI battles between two angry monsters.
When you think about the modern CGI effects, we would like you to think about the grand finale of the Black Panther. The suits looked foggy, and the fight scene was average too. Moreover, the entire scene looked like it was an intro to a weird 70’s Tron-ish game. Yet, the Incredible Hulk gave us a raw and unadulterated battle between two giant creatures looking to crush eachother. That is why the Incredible Hulk is way better than the majority of modern MCU movies even with age-old CGI graphics.
The Very First Cameo
No, we are not talking about Stan Lee, who was also in this movie, but we are talking about Tony Stark. Robert Downey Jr., Tony Stark, appeared at the end of this movie and became the first Marvel character to cameo in another character’s movie. You can find him in the post-credits, where he talks about his plans about putting together a team with General Thaddeus Ross. This would later set the stage for the first Avenger movie.
Why Should You Think of The Incredible Hulk is the best MCU movie?
Every great journey begins with a single step. The Incredible Hulk was that single step that allowed movies to be more comfortable with using massive CGI shots in the final cuts. Moreover, it also set the stage for the MCU universe we see today as we found out about the Avengers in this movie.
Edward Norton gave us a brilliant performance as both Dr Bruce Banner and the Hulk. His Hulk was more about fighting than about talking and waiting for lullabies from Black Widow. The CGI fight was intense, outstanding and lasted longer than any other CGI fights back in the day.
The story was a fast-paced chase scene between the Hulk and the authorities. We did not have to sit through the characters getting all sentimental during the action scenes. We got raw Hulk action. This is why the Incredible Hulk from 2008 is the best Hulk movie of all time, and also the best MCU movie to hit the cinemas so far.
Is there anything we missed out that you think could’ve been on this list or are we way out of our depth with this argument? If so, leave us a comment below.
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9 Movie Remakes That Should Never Have Been Made
Let’s have a look at nine movie releases remakes that definitely shouldn’t have never been made to seen the light of day.
It seems that in recent years, Hollywood have run out of original movie ideas. There has been remake after remake of films that were initially successful. As it often the case, film execs decide to cash in and remake these films for a new audience.
Now, sometimes this works. Oceans Eleven; The Jungle Book and Woman in Black are some examples that come to mind.
But sometimes it can go spectacularly wrong. This can be due to poor box office sales or being critically panned by the critics. Or it could just be the fact that the writing is utterly diabolical.
9. The Omen (2006)
If you’re going to have a pop at remaking a horror classic, then you have to bring something new to the table. The David Seltzer-penned 1976 original is a horror classic. Brooding and sinister, it doesn’t rely on shock scares. Instead, it uses atmosphere; some fantastic actors; a great script and an Oscar-winning musical score. This remake from 2006 didn’t live up to its predecessor’s brilliance. In fact, there’s no good reason why it was made. The plot follows almost the exact same story as the original film. A large majority of the scenes are practically identical, which seems pointless. You can’t blame the cast as there was some fine actors involved – Mia Farrow, Pete Postlethwaite and Michael Gambon to name a few. But their acting skills were not enough to make this movie good.
It adds nothing new to the original story; it’s just the same film with a different cast. It did make a healthy profit at the box office ($120 million), but the critic reviews were not good for the reasons I’ve mentioned. Fan-reviewed websites also have pretty poor reviews for it, so don’t just take my word for it.
8. Robin Hood (2018)
There have been a few Robin Hood movies over the years. Some are better than others, but this remake from 2018 is truly terrible. There are many factors involved and the two lead men are fine actors, but just not in this movie. Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx have a great filmography, but their ham acting is just cringeworthy here. Blame should also go to the script, which is cheesier than a large cheese pudding. There is plenty of action sequences, but the costumes and dialogue are all anachronistic. This all adds to the clunkiness of the whole debacle. It was also a box office bomb and universally panned by critics. If you want a good Robin Hood movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously, watch Robin Hood: Men in Tights from 1993.
7. Get Carter (2000)
The 1971 original is often hailed as one of the greatest movies of all time. A lot of that had to do with the charismatic Michael Caine as the lead character. A gritty Londoner out for revenge after the murder of his brother. In 2000 the movie was remade, but this time it’s set in Seattle with Sylvester Stallone as the lead character. The premise is still the same as the original film, but Sly Stallone kicking butts in Seattle just doesn’t have the same impact. Yes, there are some cool fight scenes and Sly does a good job on the acting front. But it doesn’t have the coolness or panache of the original. It just another Sly fronted action-thriller with little substance. Critics and audiences agreed, and it was universally panned. It also lost $40 million at the international box office.
I’m going to open with the same point I made earlier in this article. If you are going to remake a classic movie, then be innovative and do something new. Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 original is a masterpiece of creepy psychological filmmaking. Unfortunately, this 1998 remake failed to improve on any of that. Vince Vaughn played the Norman Bates character with Anne Heche playing Marion Crane. They do a fair job in portraying these iconic characters but bring nothing new to them. I guess seeing the film in colour helps bring a modern feel to it; especially as fake blood was used as opposed to chocolate sauce in the original. But interesting facts aside, it’s pretty much a shot-for-shot remake of the original.
Even the director Gus Van Sant admitted later it was an experiment to see if a shot-for-shot movie would work. It didn’t, as was proved by the critical and financial failure of the film. Then it barely made back half of its $60 million dollar budget. It was also given several Golden Raspberry awards for worst director and worst remake. This proves that you don’t mess around with Alfred Hitchcock.
5. Robocop (2014)
I remember walking into the cinema to watch this full of excitement. I left the cinema two hours later full of popcorn, but also full of disappointment. The original 1987 film is a cult classic. It’s mix of action; violence and satire made it one of the best movies of the decade. This remake from 2014 failed to hit any of those spots. Yes, it had some small elements of political satire and philosophical touches from the original, but little else. People with weak stomachs will applaud the lack of gore, but without it, the film seems too melodramatic. The updated effects make this remake look better, but the substance and excitement just aren’t there. Critics were overwhelming negative of the film too. There is also another reboot in the works. Why?!
4. The Fog (2005)
Enveloping fog has always been a good premise from a horror film. John Carpenter also thought so and made a creepy such film in 1980. The plot revolves around a mysterious fog that brings dead sailors to haunt and terrorize a Californian town. Sometimes the passage of time can allow for the special effects to improve, and it does here. But the gaps between the various grisly deaths are just dull. The characters are wooden, and you don’t end up caring when they meet their untimely demise. John Carpenter did produce this remake so it’s surprising there isn’t more depth to it. It did make a small profit at the box office but was universally panned by movie critics. If you do have to watch it just don’t engage your brain.
3. Total Recall (2012)
Another movie that tried to reboot an iconic sci-fi action film. 1990’s original was set on Mars and featured Arnold Schwarzenegger in the lead role. At the time, it was one of the most expensive movies ever made. This remake from 2012 had Colin Farrell in the lead role, supported by the brilliant Kate Beckinsale. This is another film that’s enjoyable to watch, just don’t try thinking whilst watching. There are plenty of spectacular action sequences that fizz, pop and bang, but don’t expect substance. It lacks any depth to the plot and misses the mark on the dry humour and character development that the original had. Pretty much all the movie critics agreed as well.
2. Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
Ah, Nicolas Cage. His movies in recent years have been a bit, well, hit and miss. And that’s being generous. It’s a shame as he is genuinely a great actor. But in recent years he’s picked terrible films to be in, and often dials in a performance. This remake from the Pang brothers Thai original from 1999 has none of the unique hallmarks of the original. For example, Nic Cage’s character is no longer deaf and mute like he was in the original. This seems odd as the brothers also directed this remake. A meandering plot; wooden performances and clunky cinematography make this a flop. It also received poor reviews and barely broke even at the box office.
1. Death Wish (2018)
The Charles Bronson 1974 original was a violent but successful vigilante movie. It also hit a chord with Americans at a time of increasing urban violence. It spawned several sequels, but this 2018 remake had Bruce Willis dishing out the justice. The original film had a point to make about taking the law into your own hands and did it with a visceral bang. The film was shocking at the time with its violence and rape scene, but it was relevant to explain how the lead character changed through the film. This remake doesn’t explore any of this.
It’s a brainless revenge movie that doesn’t have the same impact as the original and Bruce Willis dials in a lacklustre performance. It doesn’t add anything to the original film, and you’re left feeling empty after watching it. The whole thing seems pointless and morally bankrupt. In fact, it makes the 1974 original seem almost philosophical. It also received criticism for being released a few weeks after the Douglas High School shooting in Florida and for glorifying guns. It also barely made a profit at the box office and overwhelmingly received negative reviews.
And that’s our list of nine movie remakes that should never have been given the green light. Did we miss any? do you agree with us? Let us know in the comments below.
Read about what went wrong with the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street HERE.
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