The trailer for this movie is certainly one of the best to come around in a long while, peaking my interest in the movie. However, once the reviews came pouring in, I was worried, and decided to wait for Blu-Ray. So is the worry for nothing, or is it justifiable? Well, while some of the reviews were a bit over the top, 'the plot comes to a halt in a scene involving a kitchen utensil.' Really, it's not that exiting, and no, none of the main characters die. The curve is out of left-field, but I moved with it and continued on. The plot doesn't come to a halt, it just changes in tone, since we already got past the drunken hero part. If it hadn't gone in the direction it did, it just would have become too cliched.
With Will Smith in a movie, you expect heavy on the action and comedy, and Smith doesn't disappoint yet again. It's a 4th of July blockbuster for gosh's sakes! You've scene parts of most of these scenes in the trailer, and it's even better in the movie. The magnitude of the drunken-idiot-efforts of Hancock is incredible. And as always, Will Smith is great per usual, as is Jason Bateman. Charlize could have been casted better, but no big deal, as she still looks good after all these years.
However, there are two problems with this movie. First, if you're not doing an origin movie, then implement flashbacks. Otherwise, there's too much dialogue explaining, which naturally leave plot holes, and you saying "What the heck?" With proper use of flashbacks, you can eliminate this, and keep the plot moving. Secondly, while Peter Berg does a decent job, they could have gotten somebody better, as the movie carries a largely out-of-place arthouse feel with the camera work. In this case, a normally straight drama director doesn't work here, especially a movie introducing a character. If they had done these two things, then the movie could have been five stars. Otherwise, it's a four.
Overall, in this case, it's just best to decide for yourself and see the movie. You're either going to love it, or kinda love it. It could have been a lot better, but it could have been a lot worse, and it brings a hefty dose of originality to the genre. Just keep in mind, the trailer is probably better than the movie. I am however already lining up for a much-needed sequel.