Just sat and watched this for the second time this afternoon, the first time on blu-ray.
It looked stunning, I thought it looked pretty good on Dvd, but it is taken to another level here. The facial expressions of the Hulk really stood out, I can't remember seeing the anguish in his eyes when I watched it before, but it certainly shows up now.
The fight scenes look tremendous obviously, I especially like the Hulk's use of weapons, bits of metal, whole cars as boxing gloves!
Cool or what?
The performances are good, I was surprised when I heard Ed Norton was going to play the lead - intrigued as well though, as this is not his normal sort of role. He was very good in the part, the right mix of dedication, suffering and tragedy written across his face.
Liv Tyler does a good job too, all she has to do is look into the camera with those huge eyes of hers and tremble her bottom lip and you can truly believe that she loves Bruce Banner so much it hurts - extraordinary.
Tim Roth's part could be construed as a typical stock villain but he manages to imbue Blonsky with a real desperate malevolence and a genuine feeling that he is a few sandwiches short of a picnic basket.
The only slightly duff note for me comes from William Hurt, normally an actor who convinces in every part he plays, I found General Ross underwritten and found it hard to take his character as real - maybe it was the duff wig and even duffer moustache.
All in all a thoroughly enjoyable experience, with a bit more class on show than anyone had a right to expect. I found the character of the Hulk to be sympathetic, scary and sometimes very real, especially in some of the close ups.
If this is just the first movie in the series then the followup(s) will have to go some way to maintaining the standard set by this one. From the sweeping shots over the cramped brightly coloured houses in Brazil to the night time battle at the end the look of the film is rich and lush, the photography is clever but not too flashy and I felt that I had been thoroughly entertained.
HULK SMASH!! Indeed