Last week’s cinematic adventures involved a society misfit with super powers who does more harm than good with his efforts to fight crime and evil. Featuring an all-star cast of Will Smith, Jason Bateman and Charlize Theron, the trailer looked really good when we first saw it quite a few weeks ago.
The synopsis of Hancock appears below:
There are heroes… there are superheroes… and then there’s Hancock. With great power comes great responsibility – everyone knows that – everyone, that is, except Hancock. Edgy, conflicted, sarcastic and misunderstood, Hancock’s well-intentioned heroics might get the job done and save countless lives, but always seem to leave jaw-dropping damage in their wake.
The public has finally had enough – as grateful as they are to have their local hero, the good citizens of Los Angeles are wondering what they ever did to deserve this guy. Hancock isn’t the kind of man who cares what other people think – until the day that he saves the life of PR executive Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman), and the sardonic superhero begins to realize that he may have a vulnerable side after all. Facing that will be Hancock’s greatest challenge yet – and a task that may prove impossible as Ray’s wife, Mary (Charlize Theron), insists that he’s a lost cause.
In light of all the superhero films that have been screened so far this year, Hancock would have to be the film that I liked the least. There were just too many ideas going on in the film, and too many things that were explained in a very rushed way and not be allowed to develop in their own time. I really would have liked to have seen certain relationships develop at a more leisurely pace, as well as certain points of the film unveiled more gradually than in the flurried manner by which they were pushed out.
I enjoy watching Will Smith on screen – there’s just something about him that is so highly likeable and watchable – whenever I see him on screen, I see the fun, cheeky kid who was the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. As the movie’s title character, Smith gave a very restrained performance – he was good to watch, but he wasn’t as much fun as he could have been.
I have loved Jason Bateman since the days of Valerie (later renamed The Hogan Family). I thought he was absolutely brilliant in Arrested Development. And I loved watching him as Ray Embrey, a loving husband and father wanting to save the world, one person at a time. I felt a genuine connection between Hancock and Ray – on screen, Smith and Bateman had chemistry that felt warm and fuzzy and was easy to watch.
Right from the get-go, there was something fishy about Charlize Theron’s Mary. You knew the minute she laid her eyes on Hancock that she held the key to his past. Here is where I felt the movie could have improved – a bit more suspense. Charlize played the protective wife and mother well – and she is absolutely gorgeous!
I walked out of the cinemas unable to decide whether I’d had an enjoyable time. A week later, I’m still undecided. It will be interesting to see if they make a sequel – not sure where they can go with the storyline – by the end of the movie, Hancock has redeemed himself and is playing a good superhero while Ray and his family are living the happily ever after ending. Perhaps they will delve more into Hancock’s past in the sequel?
Continuing the Six Degrees game, from Sex and the City: The Movie to Hancock, there is 1 direct link:
1. Kim Cattrall was in 15 Minutes (2001) with Charlize Theron.
And Bacon numbers:
Will Smith (I) has a Bacon number of 2.
* Will Smith (I) was in Welcome to Hollywood (2000) with Kelly Preston.
* Kelly Preston was in Death Sentence (2007) with Kevin Bacon.
Jason Bateman has a Bacon number of 2.
* Jason Bateman was in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004) with Julie Gonzalo.
* Julie Gonzalo was in Saving Angelo (2007) with Kevin Bacon.
Charlize Theron has a Bacon number of 1. (I didn’t know this one!!!)
* Charlize Theron was in Trapped (2002) with Kevin Bacon.