Review: ‘Hancock’ – A less-than-super hero movie

Will Smith may not be the best actor on the planet, but he definitely has charisma. And often times he picks the right projects to star in. From the mid-90’s on, his only real critical and box office misfire has been Wild Wild West. Will Smith is no idiot.

With Hancock, Smith will continue his unabated reign as king of the blockbuster, but, sadly, this one is more in line with Men in Black II than its predecessor.

HancockWhat’s it about? Smith plays the titular character, a hard-drinking bum who also happens to have super-human powers. In a violence-riddled Los Angeles, Hancock is the police’s last resort–sure, he saves the day, but he also amasses insane amounts of property damage. People hate him. And some love to hate him.

When he saves PR exec Ray Embry (Jason Bateman) from getting hit by a train, Hancock accepts Ray’s offer to improve his public image.  For reasons I won’t say (I ‘aint no spoiler, yo), Ray’s wife Mary (Charlize Theron) is not so keen on Ray helping out Hancock.

What’s good about it? At 90 minutes, the movie moves fast.  It’s nice to see a superhero film that’s an original concept, and, of course, Will Smith shows why he’s an A-lister.

What’s bad about it? It’s not that Hancock has a lot of bad elements, it’s just that there aren’t a lot of good ones.  For starters, the trailer, while not out right deceiving, doesn’t accurately inform you on what the movie is about.  Most of the material in the trailer is from the first half of the film, which as a trailer snob I should appreciate, but the film takes a super serious turn about halfway through it.  If you’re expecting a Men In Black-style movie, you’re going to be disappointed.

Director Peter Berg’s last film, The Kingdom, also suffered from tonal inconsistencies.  But to put the blame on why Hancock doesn’t completely succeed upon Berg is unfair.  The film smells of too many cooks in the kitchen.  Apparently the script for Hancock had been floating around Hollywood for a decade, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it went through numerous rewrites (even though only two screenwriters are credited).  Don’t spend your $8.50 seeing this one.  Go to a matinee or wait for the dollar house.

Perfect for: people who like their heroes surly.

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One Response to “Review: ‘Hancock’ – A less-than-super hero movie”

  1. patrick Says:

    Hancock looks like interesting spin on the latest superhero movie craze… if nothing else at least Will Smith tends to be pretty funny

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