|Great Concept & Actors, Mediocre Story & Everything Else|
Hancock is a movie with a great concept and actors. What makes it falter and stumble is the lack of a credible storyline, a strong villain, and some mediocre special effects.
All too often superheroes are portrayed as clean shaven, moralistic, and perfect. They had a brilliant idea in showing a real-world superhero who uses his powers in a drunken haze, often causing more damage than actual help. I laughed quite a bit at some of his more amusing antics from his impalement of an SUV on top of a building’s antenna or his whale throw—but the story which begins as strong and interesting, suddenly veers off into Hancock’s past which explains why he acts the way does. The sudden plot twist with the reveal that Charlize Theron is a fellow superhuman/god and his former wife who abandoned him several decades ago left me feeling disappointed. The storyline sort of peters out from there.
The primary villain in the movie isn’t really; he’s more of a bad joke than an actual menace and that is another weakness to the storyline. I think that if they were going to do a whole big reveal that Hancock was an immortal god, that Theron should have been his archnemesis or something, not his ex-wife and should have had an epic smackdown between the two; not some sort of super-domestic dispute.
I will give credit that Will Smith seemed to rise above his material and the story itself, giving a performance of a regular guy with regular weaknesses and frailties and struggling to rise above them. The rest of the characters unfortunately came off as kind of flat. Jason Bateman was a nice enough guy as his character of Ray Embrey but I did not particularly feel a lot of chemistry between him and his co-stars of Smith and Theron, particularly since Theron is supposedly his wife.
The special effects weren’t bad but not shockingly awesome. Hancock’s flying or drunken weaving and bobbing were a good bit, but there wasn’t a lot of other startling CGI and special effects otherwise for the later half of the film. It was like they spent all of their special effects money for the first thirty minutes or so—and we’re left holding the bag with so-so and mediocre effects for the rest of the film.
It’s pretty much the same with the rest of the film as well. It starts with brilliance and imagination and then we’re left with mediocrity for the rest.
RATING: 2 STARS.
|review||Great Concept & Actors, Mediocre Story & Everything Else (2 out of 5)||SnowyMountain|
|forum||Am I the only one that enjoyed the twist.||Deathawk|
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|forum||Hi, I'm a Hancock apologist!||TheLawnWrangler|
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