Hancock

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Hancock, (2008), 92 minutes, Rated PG-13 (Theatrical Version)

Mar 15, 2009
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Pros:A lot of laughs.  Great special effects.  Left me wanting more.

Cons:Weak explanation of Hancock's existence and vulnerability.

The Bottom Line: I loved this movie and wished it were longer.  It left me wanting more.  Great laughs.  Great special effects.  The reasons for Hancock's existence and vulnerability should've been more detailed.


Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie's plot.

Starring Will Smith as John Hancock, Justin Bateman as Ray Embrey, and Charlize Theron as Mary Embrey.

John Hancock, or commonly referred to as Hancock, is a surly, angry, drunk superhero with incredible powers.  He goes about his day, in Los Angeles, saving people’s lives and capturing villains unenthusiastically, with a blood alcohol content that would put the rest of us in the hospital.  He does this causing more destruction than is really necessary.  Despite Hancock’s incredible powers and his once in a while success at saving lives and jailing criminals, the people in Los Angeles have no respect for him at all.  They boo him and heckle him about the mess that he makes even though the outcome was successful.

Enter Ray Embrey.  He is a idealistic public relations person that thinks he has a brilliant idea, and, yet, when he presents this idea to corporate leaders, they all think he’s off his rocker.  Hancock and Ray’s paths collide when Ray is stuck, in his car, on the railroad tracks.  Hancock saves Ray’s life, and totals Ray’s car in his usual messy way.  Ray sees the lack of respect that the other people around them have and he offers his publicist services to Hancock.

During Hancock’s public relations makeover, he meets Ray’s wife, Mary, and discovers she has the same powers he does.  She has the answers about a past he can’t remember and why they exist.   He also discovers a vulnerability or “kryptonite” that can kill both him and Mary as it had killed everybody like them who have ever existed. 

Will Smith is another actor that I frequently enjoy and try to see every movie that he’s in.  My most favorite movie that he’s in is The Pursuit of Happyness.  This movie is a close second.  Even though this movie is a comedy, it’s sort of a dark movie that makes you think of superheroes, with incredible powers, capable of having the same emotional problems that the rest of us are capable of having.  One might think if I had those kinds of powers, I’d be on top of the world.  Yet, this movie makes us think that even the most impenetrable people can feel lonely, disappointed, sad, and angry.  However, as a comedy, I did laugh and laugh.  There was a scene when Hancock is flying around drunk and he slams into and disintegrates a road sign on the expressway.  There’s another scene after Hancock saves Ray’s life, Ray asks Hancock if he’s flying by his house, because his car cannot be driven, thanks to Hancock.  Hancock, from high up in the sky, drops Ray’s car, with Ray in it, and it slams down in the middle of the street, in front of his house.

The special effects, in this movie, were awesome.  When Hancock was flying it looked so realistic and also when he landed.  Every time he would land, chunks of pavement or dirt would spray up to indicate the force in which he was landing.   Also, what impressed me was how realistic it looked whenever Hancock was carrying large objects such as cars. 

The only thing that bothered me about the movie is the explanation about who or what Mary and Hancock really were and the explanation about why their “kryptonite” even existed.  I would have liked a more in-depth explanation or discussion about this in the movie.  However, in this movie, if you blink, you might miss it.  

Overall, I loved this movie.  This movie is short by comparison to some other movies and I was disappointed when it ended because I wanted more.


Recommend this product? Yes


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Good for Groups
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older

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