Review written on: July 13th, 2008

Hancock Review

Hancock isn’t nearly as bad as everyone’s been saying for the last few weeks. Sure, it could have been a whole lot better, there’s no doubt about that. I thought it was decent enough, though.

It’s weird to sit and listen to as much profanity as there is, coming from a Will Smith movie. Considering how he’s the “rapper who doesn’t swear”, and all. I think the word “asshole” is in the movie over a hundred times.

Will Smith does well as a super hero, and why wouldn’t he? He’s already saved the world in eighty million other movies (yes, that’s an exaggeration.) Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman are wasted in the film though, completely underused. There were so many opportunities to let Bateman deliver some great lines, and they just weren’t there. It was depressing.

There’s some great CGI, and great action sequences that rely 100% on that CGI, but it all works nicely together. None of it’s believable, but it’s not supposed to be, it’s a “super hero movie.” I liked it regardless.

There were, however, enough plot holes to drain all the water from the planet into. It all felt a little bit too forced. With most super hero movies, we know what to expect, we know the backstory, and we know the main character. With Hancock, since it’s all “new”, I felt like the writers had to rush to tell the entire story in the course of an hour and a half, and it hurt the film. There were many times that I said “wow, that felt forced” about many different things.

Some people have said that the movie has a “surprise ending”, sure, it does, if you have never seen a “hollywood ending” before, and don’t know what to expect. The ending’s very predictable, as is the “big twist”, so don’t expect another Sixth Sense.

Overall, I’m glad I checked it out. I’ll probably pick it up on Blu-ray when it comes out, since everything looks fantastic in Blu-ray. It’s worth seeing on the big screen, unless you’ve got a big screen and home theater at home. Then it can wait for DVD release.


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