The first reason that Hulk doesn't suck is thanks to art director Ang Lee. Sure Lee was probably the wrong choice to direct a Hulk movie, especially one pegged as a summer blockbuster, but don't blame him, blame the suits that hired him! Lee's take on the Jade Giant created an interesting little movie that put everyone's favourite behemoth into a melodrama that packed more of a punch than many expected. Hulk may have been a slow burner, but rewatch it (go on, I urge you) and and you'll see that it's up there with some of the best superhero movies of all time. Whilst the action is kept to a minimum the tension is felt throughout the story and this only helps to convey the anger that is building within Bruce Banner. So by the time he does let rip it feels like a much needed release for both the character and the audience! Lee also filmed Hulk like a comic-book with shots framed like panels from the printed page.
4 - David Banner goes nuts!
The corner stone of the entire film is the relationship that Bruce Banner has with his father David and as Daddy Banner is a complete bastard (no, it's true) it's not hard to see where the Hulk really came from. Throughout the course of the movie David keeps tabs on Bruce, watching him from the shadows, but not because he genuinely cares for him but because he wants to use his son to become a more powerful being. During the final act of the film David reveals his monstrous self and an epic battle takes place between father and son. It's imaginative, it's beautiful and it's a showdown unlike anything you would have ever expected to see in a movie about a big green monster. Oh and actor Nick Nolte is also off his box in this movie!
3 - Danny Elfman
Recognise this chap below? Nah, didn't think so. However if you've watched some of the biggest movies over the past 30 years then you'll be familiar with his work. Elfman has composed some of the best movie and TV themes including the likes of Batman, Dick Tracy, Spider-man and the Simpsons and yep he also provided the soundtrack for the Hulk. The music perfectly conveyed the heartfelt themes of the movie and whilst it may not be as iconic as the classic Incredible Hulk TV show, it certainly worked perfectly for the film.
2 - "Don't make me angry"
During the final scenes of the Hulk, Bruce Banner is working in the amazon trying to help those in need when once again someone decides to push him around. Oh dear, if only they knew what would happen. It was at this moment that the immortal phrase 'don't make me angry, you wouldn't like me when I'm angry' appeared. Sure it was subtitled, but it still made it into the movie and it provided a genuine fanboy moment.
1 - Hulk goes on a rampage
Hulk smash! It may have happened in short bursts but there were some geniunely great 'Hulk out' moments the likes of which had not been seen in live-action before! From the Hulk's battle with (slightly ill-conceived) Hulk-dogs to his fight with military tanks it was great to see the Green Goliath in action and provided the audience with some bang for their bucks!