Will Smith stars as Hancock, a down-and-out superhero who’s forced to employ a public relations expert to help repair his image.
Runtime: 1hr 32m
Director: Peter Berg
Starring: Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman, Jae Head, Eddie Marsan, David Mattey, Maetrix Fitten, Thomas Lennon, Johnny Galecki
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A surprisingly deep and unique take on the now popular superhero genre.
What happens when you cast Will Smith in the part of an alcoholic, amnesiac superhero? A fairly enjoyable 90 minutes. It never quite elevates above that but it doesn’t really need too.
John Hancock (Will Smith) is a superpowered being with an alcohol problem and temper. He somewhat reluctantly acts as a superhero but is often condemned for his heavy handed and drunken approach which usually results in a lot of needless damage leading the public to grow frustrated at him. After saving a public relations professional Hancock decides to take him up on his offer to change his image and through a series of events leads Hancock to rediscover his forgotten past.
I liked “Hancock”. Released in the early days of the superhero genre beginning to take its hold on the cinema, the movie tells a somewhat different story. Hancock isn’t saving the world, the stakes aren’t particularly high, and bright coloured capes and hot pants are absent giving a strangely grounded vibe and tone despite the subject matter.
The cast seem to all have good chemistry and their relationships are believable, which really helps excel the more narrative approach to the story. It’s very much Hancock’s journey – we are not spectators to the story, but taking the journey as Hancock through his eyes – a trope often lost in more modern day superhero blockbusters.
Given the troubled production to get the movie off the ground and numerous rewrites it could be forgiven for falling apart in places and, while it does struggle a bit with pacing, it is able to tell a coherent and non-offensive story.
Give “Hancock” a look while you wait for the next Marvel/DC entry.
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