Ang Lee's Hulk 2003 And The Incredible Hulk 2008

There is often a debate on whether or not The Incredible Hulk(2008) is better than Ang Lee's Hulk(2003). Some people find one of them to be underrated and artistic while others believe the new one is more fun and not boring.

Underrated and artistic

Fun and Not boring

Underrated and artistic

Just The Facts

  1. Hulk (2003) was directed by Ang Lee who would later direct Brokeback Mountain. (Artistic)
  2. Incredible Hulk (2008) was directed by Louis Leterrier who directed Transporter 2 prior to Incredible Hulk. (Fun)
  3. In Hulk (2003) Nick Nolte plays the antagonist Nick Nolte who's character is only credited as "Father" throughout the entire movie. Go ahead. IMDB it.

Ang Lee's Hulk (2003)

Pros-

  • Focuses more on the issues of the hulk rather than constant special effects for story progression
  • Large-scale action sequences
  • Uses split-screen techniques to progress the story in a remarkable way
  • Very anti-Incredible Hulk the series
  • Larger than other filmed versions of the Hulk (He is portrayed to be a whopping 15 ft. - 25 ft. 1,500 lbs. He becomes bigger with the more angry he gets in this version)
  • The cast is acting top-notch (Even though their top-notch acting may only go so high...)

"Don't make me angry... You won't even know when I'm angry..."

  • Dives deep within the darker roots of the Hulk character (Apparently he has alot of daddy issues)

Father on a bad day.

Cons-

  • Very long (138 min)
  • Obscure background story
  • Although there are antagonists in the story, there is no set 'villain' as the director felt there does not need to be
  • Although the visuals are indeed artistic, it seems to dilute the already low amount of action within the film
  • The Hulk himself at times looks more like clay-animation than actual CGI
  • The over-acting makes it harder to identify with main characters such as Eric Bana's constant mopeyness as well as Jeniffer Conelly's non-stop weepiness
  • The Hulk fights a giant poodle...

Rawr.

  • Eric Bana looks more like a supermodel than a scientist

Puny human.

Memorable Quotes -

"What scares me the most is that when it happens, when it comes over me, when I totally lose control, I like it."

"You're going to have to watch that temper of yours."

The Incredible Hulk

Pros-

  • Sound performance by Edward Norton

"It's over Nine THOUSAAAAAND!"

  • True to the comic books as well as to The Incredible Hulk the series
  • Shots of Brazil are very nice. Especially since they're not CGI'd
  • Filled with action and ends with an epic Hulk vs Abomination climax
  • Hulk does not get over 9 ft. in size. This should be counted as a pro since it's easier to create an antagonist as a worthy opponent (That doesn't involve a giant poodle) and is closer to the comic book version and televsion series version which were both usually portrayed as only 7 ft.

"Come back when you're 25 ft. tall, then we'll talk."

  • Edward Norton actually contributed the script and screenplay of the movie and treated the source material respectfully
  • Does not spend hours trying to explain the backstory and origin of the Hulk and instead explains it within the opening credits!

Cons-

  • Deliberately makes Bruce Banner and the Hulk two very different and distinct personalities and at times it is hard to see how they relate to eachother at all dispite being the same person. This plays to the idea of the obvious Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde plot but it seems too contridicting when you consder that Hulk is indeed not portrayed as a rampaging monster at all in the movie.
  • The characters all see the Hulk as a rampaging monster but in the movie it's clear he doesn't want to hurt anyone as he doesn't attack a single civilian and actually protects his girlfriend. He infact states when he very first appears that he just wants to be left alone.

Memorable Quotes-

  • "Leave me alone!"
  • "Hulk... smash!"
  • "Don't make me hungry. You wouldn't like me when I'm hungry."