Monday, July 7, 2008
Movie Review: Hancock
A hard-living superhero (Will Smith) who has fallen out of favor with the public enters into a questionable relationship with the wife (Charlize Theron) of the public relations professional (Jason Bateman) who's trying to repair his image.
I liked the trailers to this film and I thought it started out with a lot of promise, but about the half-way point I became a little disappointed. It was a decent movie but failed to really get me cheering.
When Hancock is really funniest is when he's a drunken dirt bag, or an anti-hero. There are comical moments one after another and Will Smith is at his best as the film takes shots at all the superhero films as of late, making for good parody. But then it's almost like it can't decide if it wants to be an action, drama, comedy or romance movie. Added all together I thought it just got sort of stupid and it almost felt like they left off about 30 minutes of the film by the end. It ends in sort of a big mushroom cloud of confusion followed by a cheesy Hollywood ending.
Smith, Bateman and Theron form a solid team though. I still think Theron is one of the hottest women in Hollywood, period, and Bateman is a great "3rd fiddle" to the 2 big stars.
Not a bad film and a pretty fun ride at times, it just failed to really give me the big Summer "Whoa!" I need in my blockbusters because it takes off in so many directions. Worth a watch but no Will Smith classic as I've come to expect. If I rated films in halves, I'd give the first half an 8 and the 2nd half a 4. I'll split the difference and give in an overall: