4 August 2008 @ 9:04Hancock (2008)
This past weekend I was looking for some big screen entertainment, and only a couple movies at the theater had me even remotely interested (of the ones I hadn’t yet seen). Of those two, I chose to see Hancock. I didn’t go into this movie expecting anything but an average moviegoing experience. However, I was pleasantly surprised.
The premise of the story is that a superhero by the name of Hancock (Will Smith) has fallen out of favor with the public. His heroics often cause more harm than good, and a public relations expert (Jason Bateman) takes it upon himself to repair Hancock’s image.
Hancock was very entertaining, and better than the trailer leads us to believe. I was very surprised by what happened in the scene between Mary and Hancock. I won’t spoil it, but I will just say that I didn’t see that coming, and that’s probably because I haven’t read any reviews of the movie.
I’ve read a lot of complaints about the shaky, handheld camerawork in Hancock, but it really didn’t bother me in this movie like some in which the handheld effect is overdone, intentional or unintentional (Outlaw comes to mind). I understand that “handheld” is the latest fad in filmmaking, but it must be used in moderation.
Jason Bateman, Will Smith, and Charlize Theron all performed well, and overall I felt like Hancock was an entertaining summer flick, nothing more, nothing less. My only complaint was the language in the film which accounted for the PG13 rating. The language added nothing of value to the film, and in fact, at times felt like it was thrown in simply to bump up the certification to a seemingly more “hardcore” film. Before you call me a prude, there are movies where the language doesn’t bother me, but often times those movies aren’t marketed toward children.
Directed by: Peter Berg (The Kingdom)