Yes, shockingly enough I am referring to the original Hulk movie starring Eric Bana and Nick Nolte. Let me explain why I would have such a questionable, controversial title. This article will also be kept spoiler-free in case you haven't seen it. Hopefully this list will motivate you to at least give it a try.
I'm actually not even a big fan of the movie. I've seen it at least twice, and it happened to be on TV in a restaurant with the volume really low one time. The movie definitely has some CGI problems and I absolutely agree with a lot of people about the fact that the movie is sluggish and can be boring at certain periods. Despite all this, let me explain why I think this movie is worth watching at least once, even if that means multi-tasking while you have it on so that you can get through it.
1. This movie delves deeper into Bruce Banner's past then The Incredible Hulk did.
From an entertainment standpoint, The Incredible Hulk was a much more fun film, but it lacked depth. Hulk is actually full of it. Hulk is the only 'Hulk' movie I've watched that really dives into Bruce's character in a way that makes you feel sorry for him, and it casts a darker shadow on his background. A large chunk of his transformation into the Hulk can be blamed on his father David because he risked everything by experimenting on himself before Bruce was born.
Bruce is a victim of his father's choices, and he's traumatized by some of his father's actions, of which I will not get into to avoid spoilers. Let's just say that Bruce's father is a real plague to Bruce throughout the movie.
2. Bruce Banner and Betty Ross have a connection due to circumstances that affected them both when they were children.
Bruce and Betty were in the same area when the explosion from the lab that David worked at happened (you see it within five minutes of the movie). During a father-daughter bonding moment at an ice cream shop, Betty's father Thaddeus Ross had to leave her behind to investigate the explosion and Bruce witnessed the explosion himself right before his life was flipped upside down. Both Bruce and Betty also grew up having strained relationships to say the least with their dads, so they rely on each other in a way to keep them company because of their personal family issues.
Wow, writing about this now makes me want to watch the movie again.
3. David Banner is a villain that has a lot of what most of the villains from the MCU does not have.
David has a backstory that leads him to the way he is through most of the movie, a crazy motivation for his actions, and he's a threat to be reckoned with. He's also a villain that has a deeply personal and heart wrenching connection to the hero of the story being that he's his father. Like I said earlier, he played a large part in Bruce's transformation into the Hulk. The Hulk is like a curse placed on Bruce by his father, which makes the final fight between them very personal. By the end of the movie, David managed to make both of them turn into some sort of monster. Bruce has to fight hard to keep his sanity intact and defeat his mad father.
Additionally, this movie has some nice visual cues. The comic panel visual style was a really unique choice in direction. The soundtrack also has some great moments, which has a dark and ominous style that fits the situation perfectly. Sam Elliot as Thaddeus Ross did an excellent job in his role, and Jennifer Connelly as Betty Ross was (in my opinion) better than Liv Tyler's Betty. Nick Nolte played a creepy David Banner and has several moments that will certainly make you cringe.
So what do you guys think? Do you agree with this or do you believe this movie isn't worth watching at all and should be treated like this tank? Also, to those of you who haven't seen the movie, does any of this motivate you to?