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Hancock July 5, 2008

Posted by Sai in English, Movies, Reviews.
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I was conflicted before watching Hancock. Who wouldn’t want to watch the undeniably charismatic Will Smith playing a superhero (you even wonder why it didn’t happen earlier). However, the talk of reshoots followed by the lack of enthusiasm from critics brought down my interest level in the film. The makers maintained that the film did something very different with the superhero genre and I wasn’t so sure. So, I went in with lowered expectations. After watching the film, I can say that the makers weren’t fibbing.

Smith plays a superhero with a bad attitude and inept interpersonal skills. He helps people like all superheroes must but he has a drinking problem and a penchant for destroying public property. One day, the unpopular hero saves a publicist who wants to better the world. He sees the good in Hancock and tries to improve his image.

What I like about this film is that it feels unlike the comic book superhero movies that we have seen (and liked) in the past. It is not about a lovable superhero. It is not about saving the world. It is not heavy on action. It doesn’t even feel like it is set in a fantasy world. It is really a film that has humor, drama and some surprises.

Screenwriters Vincent Ngo and Vince Gilligan are aiming to bridge genres but the attempt isn’t perfect. Director Peter Berg (The Kingdom, The Rundown) renders a film that feels a bit disjointed (I will keep away from discussing some of the flaws to avoid spoilers). The film could have been better but it does entertain and I’d say it was worth the price of admission.

One of the primary reasons that it works is Will Smith. Smith is the perfect choice for this role because he is one of the few actors that can pull off a film in any genre. Though the film doesn’t allow you to love him all that much, he still is Will Smith and you can’t get enough of him. Charlize Theron (Monster, The Italian Job) and Jason Bateman (Juno, Arrested Development) are well cast and they manage to impress as well.

This film is a decent summer diversion but expectations can mar your experience. Just don’t think of it as a superhero movie. Think of it as a non-serious partly-dramatic entertainer headlined by Will Smith and you might enjoy it like I did.

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1. vallabh - July 7, 2008

I agree with the review to the T. I too had very low expectations when I entered theatre. The dialogue was entertaining and the movie seemed realistic (though I knew it’s not). It’s the last half an hour that kept me wondering and digesting the unfolding plot and by the end of it I was still enjoying the movie. But if I had a dialogue or two unregistered in my brain, I wouldn’t have left the theatre happily. If you want to watch this movie, try to accept the plot as it unfolds. It makes complete sense.

2. Shujath - July 14, 2008

The negative reviews also helped me like you to enjoy this one. I guess one can only put the blame on the promos comprising a good deal of the major action sequences and some comic moments which no doubt mislead everyone to believing that they’ll be treated to a full-fledged fun-filled superhero flick.

Watch Hancock with low expectations and come back satisfied.

3. meor@maru - July 20, 2008

Couldn’t agree more with you…
I loved it so much…


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