Hancock (DVD, 2008, Unrated Single Disc Version)
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New York Times - Manohla Dargis (07/02/2008)
Total Film - Andy Lowe (11/01/2008)
Empire - Angie Errigo (01/01/2009)
Hollywood Reporter - Stephen Farber (06/24/2008)
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- dppa1972Nov 4, 2010by
Hancock (DVD, 2008, Unrated Single Disc Version)
Hancock offers a fresh new take on the superhero films that are dominating
Hollywood in more recent times. Hancock follows in the wake of both Iron Man and
The Dark Knight. Hancock also offers Will Smith the chance to extend his run of
appearing in films that take over $100 million at the box office. This film is different
to others in its genre in a number of ways. Hancock is not your typical hero who
stumbles upon his powers and uses them to save the world. Instead, he is a drunk
figure who abuses his powers rather than using them for the greater good. For
example, when insulted by a child, he proceeds to launch them up into the sky
before then catching them. Moreover, Hancock is able to leave a trail of
destruction in his wake and for this and other reasons he is hated figure rather
than a loved one. With the help of a PR, Hancock is able to clean up his act and
become the superhero that everyone expects his to be, he even gets his own suit.
However, as he spends more time at the house of his new found friend, he
realises that he is not the only one with extraordinary powers and a whole other
plot is unraveled.
The main attributes and attractions of this film are the action and humour. All
superhero movies and generally all Hollywood movies seem to have to have
spectacular action sequences and stunning special effects. Hancock does not
disappoint in this area at all. Moreover, there is the typical battle of superhero vs
superhero though we had to wait a while before seeing this. Two of the most
impressive scenes include Hancock launches a whale into the ocean and secondly
stopping a train simply by standing in its path. Both of these scenes were included
in the trailer. There is plenty of humour throughout the film to keep the audience
entertained. I would say that the humour is more suited to a young adult/ teenage
audience rather than older adults or young children. Nevertheless, I and most of
the audience were laughing at least a few times during the film.
Will Smith is perfect for the role as a lazy superhero who reluctantly realises his
role in society and comes good. Will Smith is charismatic and I found him strangely
likeable despite the obnoxious nature of his character. Despite Will Smith being
the main attraction, Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman also make substantial
appearances. Both of these characters give solid performances while not offering
anything exceptional both compliment Will Smith well. It often seems that they are
simply there as tools to set-up Will Smith rather than meaningful characters in their
own right because there are very few moments where Will Smith is not in shot.
Overall, I think Hancock offers a fresh and good new take on the superhero
movies that we have come to expect. I am unsure whether they will decide to make
another film but if they do then I will probably go and see it. Hancock is suited to a
teenage/ young adult audience but an older audience may still enjoy the film.
There is plenty of action and humour throughout to keep the audience entertained
and I would recommend buying it on DVD if you normally enjoy films of this genre.
Moreover, I think Will Smith is likely to be able to continue his sequence of
successful films.Read full review
- tigerbaby007112Jun 3, 2013by
Hancock was gripping, heartfelt, and totally unexpected. It has the perfect amount of action, comedy & suprises. Will Smith doesn't disappoint. I highly recommend seeing this movie.
- fairframerSep 4, 2010by
A little different
Not what I expected. An interesting premise involving an anti-hero(not villain) who feels alone and disliked. Comedic and dramatic elements are intertwined in this one. There is a deeper concept in this story than just a superhero background as it is insinuated that they may be above that(angels). The effects are great and pretty hilarious in some scenes. It looks like it got its inspiration from the old Spiderman comics where he would damage property during his crusades and get hated for it. Charlize Theron is super-gorgeous in every scene and probably the best acted as well. The most interesting theme from the movie came at the end when you realize the sacrifice required to either keep the powers or become mortal. Anyway, not your ordinary story of saving the world and probably why many people did not take to it.Read full review
- dolonApr 1, 2012by
Easily my favorite WIll Smith movie, and has Charlize too!
For Me, this movie is the most likely idea of "how the Hero's life would be," I've seen.
As much as I like the genra, This movie ONLY really has 2 "suspension of disbelief," characters --which I look at as for the better.
- biondiracer2Feb 20, 2012by
Excellent movie. great characters, the actors really got into their character. glad i bought it and will definately watch it again!!