HULK might have been better off had it not actually been called the Hulk!
Seriously, the Nolte stuff, the parental guilt, the father/son dynamic -- all of that belonged in a different movie. It had nothing to do with the character and certainly was not appropriate for younger viewers who -- of course -- love the big green one.
That said the movie IS fascinating visually, I love the Hulk as a character and ILM's work, plus it has some great, ambitious moments in it. The performances are all just kind of okay and it's hard to find someone to root for in it. Overall it's a mixed bag but I'd prefer it to ELEKTRA anytime
On the other hand I certainly understand why this sequel they're making (it's in the works) is going "back to basics" and is apparently not going to reference this movie much at all...and WILL apparently go back to the "real" Hulk and what made the character work, both in the comics and the TV series to a lesser degree. I think we can expect a much more "audience friendly" and certainly age-appropriate film when/if it comes around.