Thursday, July 3, 2008

Review: Handcock

Synopsis: John Hancock (Will Smith) is an unhappy and reluctant superhero who is living in his own world. For some unknown reason, Hancock is depressed and has started drinking very heavily. He has saved many lives in Los Angles over the years, but in doing so, he has no regards for damaging buildings, trains, roads, cars, or anything that gets in his way to get the job done. The last time he captured several criminals, it cost the city $9 million to fix the damages. The public has had enough of Hancock, and they want him to stop or go to another city. Then one day, Hancock saves the life of Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman) from being run over by a train. Ray is a Public Relations executive who now can go home to his wife and child, because Hancock was there. Ray owes Hancock his life, and he makes it his mission to change his superhero's image and have the public cheering him. Ray's wife, Mary (Charlize Theron), believes Hancock can not be fixed, and she doesn’t want Ray to be hurt http://www.imdb.com

Other Reviews:

Ebert & Roeper: Due Out On Tuesday (7-08-08) http://kplusb.org/ebertroeper/
Fandango: 19 Oh No, 12 No, 66 So-So, 167 Go, 334 Must Go http://www.fandango.com
Rotten Tomatoes: T-Meter: 35% (Rotten), Top Critics: 34% (Rotten), RT Community: 65% (Fresh) http://www.rottentomatoes.com
Metacritic: Critics: 48 out of 100, Users: 5.5 out of 10 http://www.metacritic.com
Yahoo Movies: Critics: C+ Users: B+ http://movies.yahoo.com

My Review: This is one of the greatest So-So films I have seen. I like it but at the same time it did nothing for me, here’s why: The lack of action. There was action but no real good action sequence. There was maybe one good one if you want to count the fight between Handcock and Mary. Bad lore/ mythology/ back story of Handcock and Mary Embrey. The back story was literally here is the back story, any questions, no, ok moving on. No connection to the genre of superhero/ comic book movies. No real villain. Well, the there was three “villains” inner demons (Handcock’s), thugs/criminals, and they/them (past “villains”). Even thought it had some major flaws it was unusually entertaining and quite funny (in parts), mainly the one liners and Jason Bateman. This could be hard to believe but I think the rated-R version would have been better. Until next time happy hunting and God bless.

1 comment:

Patrick Roberts said...

Hancock looks like interesting spin on the latest superhero movie craze... if nothing else at least Will Smith tends to be pretty funny