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The Incredible Hulk 

The Hulk needs to dial it down a notch

At risk of sounding like my nana, I am going to state up front that I thought this movie was far too loud. Battle scenes are earsplitting---one sequence actually has mega-decibel sound cannons meant to physically cripple the Hulk. The volume is just shy of making your skin undulate. Does anybody else think this? As superhero movies go, The Incredible Hulk contains the key elements moviegoers come to expect: fights and/or explosions, a power-mad villain (Tim Roth), a self-conscious hero (Edward Norton flexing every one of his Yale, drama-school muscles to convey Bruce Banner's horror at the Hulk inside him) and a babe (Liv Tyler as a cellular biologist). Iron Man had all these things, save for the self-conscious hero, and was so much more. Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark revels in his new power and sense of purpose, and Downey himself revels in the character. He was visibly amused at the idea of playing the hero, while Ed Norton seems determined to prove to the audience once and for all that being the Hulk is no fun. It's in the TV spots, so it isn't a spoiler to tell you that Tony Stark makes a cameo; a reminder that while being the Hulk is a chore, being a billionaire-human-flying-and-crime-fighting machine is A-OK.

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