Hancock (2008) 07/09/2008

This movie was not quite what I expected. I thought it was going to be an action-comedy. Don't get me wrong, there is action, and there is comedy. It's Will Smith, folks, you almost can't have him in a movie without action and comedy. However, there wasn't nearly as much as I thought there would be, and there was more than just a touch of drama.

The way Hancock was marketed made it seem to me that it would be just the story of a heavily flawed superhero who doesn't want to live up to the "hero" part, and the story as he slowly becomes more of a boon to society than a bane. I thought this was a great, and fairly original, idea. Sure, every superhero has his flaws, but in the case of Hancock it's like a superflaw who has some hero.

Well, that's only part of it. It's also the story of said hero learning who he is. Literally. Not just an identity crisis and "coming of age" and all that wishy-washy shit. He actually has no idea who he is. Not wish-washy, but still a little cliche.

All in all it was a good movie, well written and well directed. Just make sure you don't go into it expecting what the ads and previews made it out to be. I suppose the marketing did it's job, I don't know that I would have gone to see it knowing what it really is, but I'm glad I did.

Reviewed by: Cap'n Commie

Will Smith gives a dramatic performance in this comedy-marketed film. Jason Bateman and Charlize Theron are a happily married family. Will Hancock, a one-of-a-kind superhero, bring them closer together or tear them apart?
The historical background was rough which eventually ruined the plot. With some cheap laughs, I was thoroughly disappointed with the movie.


Reviewed by Lindsey