Hancock Movie Review
In the movie, Will Smith plays John Hancock, a man with exceptional powers. He can fly, he’s strong and practically invincible but he’s also emotionally damaged, a drunk, and completely insensitive to the destruction he creates by just being himself. Hancock’s bad behavior knows no bounds. He’s over the top rude to kids, the elderly, women and men. He does have a vulnerable side which is at the root of his emotional turmoil. He’s alone, the only one of his kind, and he doesn’t know why.
While Hancock has good intentions, he has bad execution and that’s taking its toll on the entire city. Even though he is a superhero who fights crime and saves lives, he is not loved by the public and he has no adoring fans. He doesn’t even have a friend until he saves the life of PR executive Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman) who thanks him and decides he needs a superhero image makeover. While Ray is enthusiastic about helping Hancock, his wife, Mary (Charlize Theron), wants Hancock out of their lives – and for good reason.
Besides the above mentioned violence, alcohol abuse and language, there’s also a lot of action, edgy comedy and even some sentimental scenes. Hancock definitely provides an interesting variation to the superhero movie and it evokes an interesting mix of viewer reactions as well.
I like the concept of Hancock being a non-clandestine superhero. Most superheroes like to keep their identity secret but everyone knows who Hancock is and what he’s capable of doing. I also like the concept of a superhero needing a PR guy to make him over. (Doesn’t everyone need a little image help at one time or another?). I even like the concept of Will Smith playing the role of this less than lovable, rough around the edges, vulnerable and, finally, made-over superhero. Having said that, I will admit in retrospect, the concept I like most of all is skipping the movie altogether and just going out for ice cream instead.
*For the record- my thirteen year old and his companions loved it.
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