::blink:: Wait, hold on...
Let me catch my breath...
::INHALE:: ... ::exhale::.... Ok... ok, I think I'm good... Let's do this.
Why It's a Geek Movie
I think we covered this in the Iron Man review. Movies based on comic book characters will always be in the geek realm.
What's it About?
Bruce Banner, a scientist who creates a process by which he believes humans can prevent radiation poisoning, ends up fudging his experiment by turning himself blah blah blah blah yadda yadda yadda - we all know about the Hulk. He's the big green guy who smashes things. The government wants him as a weapon and he just wants to get rid of his little anger problem. The real story this time, though, is that a power hungry dude is after the same kind of power the Hulk has. He turns himself into The Abomination and epic city-smashing ensues.
How to Appreciate It
Let's get this clear from the get-go... Hulk (2003) is to The Incredible Hulk (2008) as Batman (1989) is to Batman Begins (2005). The two movies have absolutely nothing to do with each other... and that's a good thing. It's an incredibly good thing. One might say it's an awesome thing. So if your grief with this movie is that the last one didn't fare too well, then get over yourself and go to the theater now.
If you're going to be nit-picky you're probably going to pick out how in the world any kind of process can randomly generate more mass than it began with since Bruce seems to get heavier as he transforms... Ok, so the physics are off... since when has that stopped us from enjoying a good action flick, eh? Suspend your disbelief for a while and enjoy the ride!
Is it Worth It?
In case you haven't caught it by now, the answer is yes. The CG is flawless, the storyline is deep enough to enjoy, but shallow enough to follow, the acting is convincing and the cameos... Oh, the cameos! But I won't spoil anything for you. You probably already know what people make appearances, but in case you don't, I won't spoil it.
The best part of this movie is the action! It jumps right into the action by by-passing the long, drawn-out origin story by way of a montage in the opening credits. We see Banner sitting in his experiment chair, changing a bit, smashing a bit, then running away. We're left with a good impression of how this all started so we can jump right into the real story: how he can stop it.
The best part about the story in general (besides the movie) was how it ties in with the universe of Iron Man. Hints are dropped here and there and then your mind is blown at the very end. That's all I'll say.
Yes it's worth it! Go see it now! OR I SMASH!