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Hancock (Two-Disc Unrated Edition) (2008)

A movie directed by Peter Berg

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[3.5]--Only Will Smith Could have Pull this Off

  • Sep 8, 2008
I don't know what others expect of this movie but I thought it was good! Will Smith rarely disappoints and 'Hancock' is certainly no exception. Is it because there is a great story but it's not necessarily a non-stop action flick? This movie delivers on so many fun levels and I think it is really balanced well. It's not perfect but perfection is quite rare. Regardless, this movie is fun entertainment.

Director Peter Berg, who last brought us The Kingdom, dip into with plenty of technology to bring us a man who can fly, possess incredible strength and being invulnerable to bullets. What I'd enjoyed about his take on this superhero movie, is that he didn't find a need to explain everything in verbatim, i.e. what are the powers he possess, where did he come from, and so on. sure they are addressed, but there's no need for putting it in your face, which I suspect lesser directors would have filmed flashbacks, origin subplots, enemies who are megalomaniacs who want to conquer the universe, and so on. They can be mentioned in passing, or a glance, or to let it work it out in your imagination, which of course is a powerful tool. And keeping it simple helped too, as I was really thrilled at how effective, and deceptively simple, its crescendo was developed, that it's tough to fight back tears as it goes for the juggernaut to reach out for your emotions.

Will Smith and Charlize Theron being their full spectrum of experience to the screen and definitely do not leave this film lacking in emotion. Hancock contains an even mix of comedy, romance, and action and fully delivers as an unorthodox action superhero film. The one annoyance to the film is Jason Bateman's similar acting style in Hancock to his character in Arrested Development. Though his acting is fitting for his role in Hancock, it is also very stereotypical for Bateman and comes of a bit irritating when the movie includes stills of Bateman's facial expressions that are identical to his expressions in Arrested Development.

Hancock is fun, anti-cliché movie with some crude elements to make people like me smile every now and then. Don't judge it as a masterpiece, because it never tried to be one in the first place.

In many ways, this ecological horror epic is one of the single nastiest and downright terrifying pieces of popular entertainment I've seen in ages. In others, it is an unfocused jumble that's too on the nose featuring stilted dialogue bordering on the Lucas-ian that's often times unintentionally hilarious. Overall, it leaves a decidedly sour taste in your mouth when all is said and done, yet the pieces that work do so with such amazing brilliance that much of the bitterness only lasts about the time it takes to get inside your car.

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Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
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A constantly drunk and slovenly superhero was a refreshing take on superhero movies. Will Smith and Charlize Theron both had very strong performances. I personally liked the surprise twist.
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
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It's really sad because the first 35 minutes of this film are witty and charming, then it just goes downhill from there with plot twists and, well, just a disaster.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
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Hey H'wood: just because Will Smith's movies make money doesn't mean they're any good. Give it a rest.
Quick Tip by . July 10, 2010
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A good non generic super hero movie. I suggest watching it.
review by . September 02, 2009
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Hancock takes a daring approach to the Super Hero mythos.  Where as most superheroes are actually quite heroic, doing what it takes to save those in danger and be all around good role models for kids... John Hancock throws all that out the window and instead opts for a surly, mean and careless superhero who has no charisma whatsoever.  Did I mention he's played by The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?        Yes, Will Smith plays the drunk, rude and quick to anger …
review by . January 08, 2009
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Superman was raised by a kindly couple and taught the decent way to live and respect life. Thor is the God of thunder who was exiled from his home of eternal Asgard to live on Earth as a mortal so that he may learn humility. Spider-man required personal tragedy so he could realize the responsibility of having powers--Batman deals with his tragedy in a very different way, for him he does what he does for vengeance. All comic book "super-heroes" have their stories of the "why's", …
review by . January 22, 2009
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"Hancock" is an oddity, both the title character and the film as a whole. Instead of a typical superhero story that includes an origin story, a sinister villain and a love interest, we are given a tale of a lonely man looking for his place in this world (as well as an origin story, sinister villain and love interest).     Will Smith portrays the title hero (anti-hero) who drinks, swears and does more damage to the city than the criminals he's after. He simply doesn't want to …
review by . November 27, 2008
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This film was better than I anticipated. The first 3/4 was excellent. Well paced. Good story movement. Some good jokes and laughs. Pure unadulterated humor / entertainment. The last 1/4, well it went a bit down hill. When we find out about Charlize Theron, it just kind of drones on a bit.     The effects are good. The sound is good. The DVD looks good. Will Smith is fun here. And Charlize is in fantastic form.     Definately not a film for kids, mostly for …
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