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Plot: Hancock is a superhero whose ill considered behavior regularly causes damage in the millions. He changes when one person he saves helps him improve his public image. Runtime: 92 mins Release Date: 02 Jul 2008
I have watched to movie twice in two days time. And HANCOCK is what I go to the movies for. A movie that makes me laugh, cry, and cheer. My only complaint of this movie was, IT WAS TOO SHORT!!!! Will Smith is always a treat to see at the movies. But I must say this was worth the whole family going to.For those of you who have not seen it, do not listen to the critics. The two audiences I sat with cheered at the end and laugh throughout. There are moments when you might even cry. But one of the best parts was the surprise in the middle.My hat off to lead cast and Peter Berg. Great job!!! and I <more>
Hancock is a different type of superhero film (by the-movie-guy)
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 regard 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 <more>
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. My Comment Hancock is a different type of superhero film. The movie is original in that our superhero is a washed up drunk who is also a jerk. Hancock, the Rodney Dangerfield of superheroes, gets no respect. We usually love and praise our superheroes for saving us from danger, but Hancock on the other hand is hated for being an a**hole. By the way, don't ever call Hancock an a**hole when he says, "say that one more time," because there are consequences. How can you love a superhero when he is rude and inconsiderate of others? With a PR man, even this superhero can change. Once Hancock is repackaged, and the city comes calling, Hancock is on his way to becoming a superhero the public can love. The movie is comical at first, and then gets a little serious by the end. The a**hole scenes are hilarious and made me give out a really big laugh. There are some twists and turns in the plot that you won't see coming. Smith, Bateman, and Theron displayed good chemistry together. The movie is very entertaining with lots of action and unusual special effects. I enjoyed myself, and you will to, if you go and see it. Sony Pictures, Run Time 1:32, Rated PG-13 10/10
I usually read as many reviews on movies as possible. So when I saw that this movie was getting mixed reviews, I was a little skeptical. Imagine my surprise when I went to see this movie today and loved it. I've seen Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, Indiana Jones 4 and now HANCOCK. The only movie that was even close was Iron Man. Indiana Jones, and believe me this is coming from an IJ fanatic, was OK at best. It went from being a believable "Average, Everyday" Hero, to this alien crap. I was waiting for Dr. Jones to peel back his skin and reveal that he too was in fact an alien. The <more>
Incredible Hulk...what can I say? Ummm.. it wasn't bad. As oppose to IJ4 we new what we were going to get CGI, CGI, CGI. But c'mon how many times can a movie be made. They come out with a new Incredible Hulk, Spiderman, Superman, Batman every other year, seriously! No new story lines just...This is batman, this is the Hulk as if they are introducing them to us for the first time. Yeah, yeah I know who they are, I seen a similar version last year.I look at Hancock as a refreshing new story that hasn't been told on the big screen. I'm trying my best not to give out spoilers because I hate knowing what's going to happen before I see a movie. But the general idea is that Hancock is a superhero who basically hates the world and the world hates him except when they need him You can see that he is obviously depressed which leads to his drinking, which leads to a wake of damage left in his path as he tries to fulfill his roll as a superhero. We watch as he goes from being an anti-hero to a superhero that the people can get behind.I loved everything about this movie. The acting was very good, special effects were great and it had a lot of comedic moments in this film. My comment is not here for the HATERS. You can go to the Godfather or Shawshank Redemption page and you'll have idiots saying they were the worse movies ever made. For whatever reason they want to hate so....let them hate. This comment is for the Will Smith fans who think these haters are right. I promise to all the Will Smith fans out there, you will not be disappointed. In fact, tomorrow I'm going to see it again. And trust me, this is something I haven't done in about 10 years!
I saw the movie tonight and enjoyed it a lot so here's my take: Pro's:Good special effects even though there not all done Excellent hour and fifteen minutes the movie is probably 100 minutes in length if I had to estimate the pacing in that time period was spot on Good combination of humor and action I'd say more humor though say in the vein of Beverely Hills Cop, which had a good mix of humor and action Will Smith nails the character even if the character goes through a number of sudden changes out of nowhere Even though there weren't as many action sequences as <more>
expected they all were pretty memorable especially a fight between Hancock and another superhero I won't spoil it A really good twist that I didn't see coming at all when you see it you'll understand Cons: The villain wasn't fleshed out at all in any way they really didn't need to have one in the first place and could have changed a few of the last scenes The last 25 minutes shifted more into a drama and didn't totally fit the character of Hacock of the first hour of the movie Charleze Theron didn't have much to work on for the first forty-five minutes besides not liking Hancock The relationship of Jason Bateman's character, Ray and his wife Mary isn't fully fleshed out and the chemistry isn't all there towards the end Will Smith has better chemistry with her and there scenes together are juicy and easily the best parts of the last twenty five minutes Overall I'd give the film an 8.5/10 because it was an innovative look at a superhero other then all the Batman's and Supermen we're given a truly conflicted character who isn't fully invincible. There are many quotable scenes, funny moments, and good special effects that you haven't seen in other movies before. I expect this film to make a lot of money at the box office this summer and please many Will Smith fans along with action fans or people who are looking for a solid popcorn flick.
Perhaps I'm being generous, but I think this movie deserves some credit. It's a serious take on a dysfunctional superhero that isn't based upon a Marvel Comics or DC Comics character. The special effects aren't as good as a movie like Transformers, but at least you aren't getting an animated CGI character hopping around like you do in Hulk and Spiderman. It appears that several elements of this movie may be inspired by the now defunct Broadway Comics. The classic scene of a car being skewered on a spire was depicted in the "Powers That Be" comic and the <more>
dysfunctional marriage relationship in the movie is not unlike the "Shadow State" comic by Broadway. Perhaps seeing similar depictions hit the big screen made me appreciate the movie more.Will Smith and Charlize Theron do a great job. The hero is flawed, but he's not a wimp. The movie's biggest weakness is the pacing. Some of the special effects go by so fast that you don't get to appreciate them. Some of the drama plays out so slowly that you might be wondering why they don't rush it along. The movie is faithful to the trailer. It's tough writing a spoiler-free review of this since there are some great twists in the plot.
He is alcoholic, least bothered about your concerns and doesn't even give a damn about huge property loses the city faces with his heroic stunts. Thats Hancock for all of you!. This is a brand new super hero with a twisted mind and weird lifestyle. Its really good to see some one not coming out of a comic book as an adaptation. So, all you other super heroes get aside...here comes the Hancock.What is interesting about this movie is that none of the promotions were focused on highlighting any of his heroic side. A hero is some one who fights for justice and his people but here, nothing <more>
like that. That triggered lot of excitement and a new set of fan-following for this super hero. Well, I'm also one of them! I admit I am a big fan of Will Smith as an actor and as a person but this is primarily because he is a real hard working, dedicated and confident individual. A hero in reality. The best part about Willie is that you really see and feel the efforts he is putting into his work.Like any other super hero movie, this is not about fighting with a super villain and his mission to conquer the world but self exploring of an individual with extra powers. And thats why I like this movie. Something different. The director and script writer has done a good job narrating it. Movie is technically very advanced with some amazing special effects like Willie throwing the whale back in to the water, catching some junkies who have stolen money from a bank, all his flying scenes, stopping the train and fighting with Charlize Theron.The story starts with scenes about how Willie's boozing all day, catching some freaks, and how people of the city hate him. He is least bothered about any one, not even him self. Story takes a twist when he saved life of a PR guy. This PR guy has nothing exciting in his professional life and trying hard to make a good life with his wife Charlize Theron and son. This whole incident of Hancock saving his life hits him with an idea to do a makeover of Hancock. From bad to good, from stubborn to be humble and kind to others, from 'who cares' to 'I care'. Watching this whole shift is the most interesting part of the movie. How he convinces Willie to go for a surrender to police and Willie's inner fight to stay in the custody with out using his powers and how he eventually takes on the role of Hancock- the savior. It's sheer fun watching it all that happening in front of you.Well, there are some instances where I feel Hancock, as a movie, lacks that 100% punch. You think of Superman, Spiderman, Batman or any other super hero and what comes first to your mind is the image of that hero with a unique background score. In case of Hancock, there is no such theme song and that's something the producers could've have done it. Hancock is a new super hero, never thought of, never ever imagined. He has a different style with unexpected attitude and a theme song or a special background music would have helped in establishing a strong image of Hancock in to audiences mind. As I said earlier, its not about fighting with a super villain but still I wanted to see more actions and stunts. Sorry, I can't help it! But its a super hero anyways and everybody likes to see his or her super hero doing loads of action scenes. The movie is brilliantly executed till the climax comes. The reason and explanation of who is Hancock and what relates him with Charlize Theron is just too fast for the audience. Director could have taken little more time in explaining all this by providing more meat and content. Especially when you know that its all about exploring the inner you and what are you made of. This thing is very tricky and how you handle it and explain all this to audience is a real challenge. The name-Hancock, is also bit strange and totally unwanted. I couldn't believe it when I heard this name for the first time! Why Hancock? try something more edgy with more substance loaded with some punch.It's a sheer excitement watching Willie as a super hero and joining the league of Batman and Superman. You will always get appreciation on doing new things with lot of hard work and ideas put into your work. Same with Hancock. Audience have liked Hancock and his fan-following will grow day by day to give much needed hype for his second stint on 70mm silver screen. Just to add, Willie almost looks like Paresh Rawal One of India's greatest character artists in the poster where they are showing a close-up of Hancock's face wearing dark sun-glasses. Its like Babu Bhai of Hera-Pheri wearing shades instead of his typical glasses!! For those who do not know who is Babu Bhai, suggest you should watch a movie called 'Hera-Pheri' with subtitles. In the end, here's a big round of applause on behalf of all Willie fans waiting arms wide open to give him one tight hug! Welcome on board Hancock.
Lots of people, including the critics, are ragging on this film. Seriously, what did they expect? It's a Hollywood blockbuster with Wil Smith in. Get over it, turn your brain off, and sit back and enjoy the ride.For what it was, I thought it pretty good. It was entertaining, took a unique take on the superhero thing, and didn't have an overt number of huge gaping plot holes or completely blithe dialog.If you're feeling like a Wil Smith movie, go for it. It's not as bad as they say... just don't expect any more than the typical Hollywood affair.
I guess some people just can't take a switch in tone. (by The_Dead_See)
I've read a lot of the reviews here complaining about the film flagging in its final act. I respectfully disagree.Hancock is most definitely DIFFERENT in it's last half - it drops off the comedy significantly and introduces some fascinating superhero mythology that is almost like an ancient Greek myth in its context. It also introduces some pretty tense and violent moments that really made me wonder if they should be marketing it as the kid-friendly summer blockbuster that they are. However, both halves have their own merits - the first being the humour, and the second being the <more>
almost tragic origin mythos. I suspect if you are prepared for the switch in tone, rather than shocked when it arrives, you might enjoy Hancock as much as I did.
The latest Will Smith effort is much different from the average big budget flashy superhero movies that have dominated the box office the last few years. Don't go to Hancock thinking you are seeing another Superman, Fantastic 4, Ironman or Hulk. The superhero angle is treated much differently here. I think part of the perception problem with this film is from the silly trailers we have seen for the last 6 months. Those trailers represent a small part a movie that is so much more to than a drunken superhero throwing a whale at a boat, swearing at a kid or wrecking the city. Sure, there are <more>
laughs in this movie, but it's Will Smith! He's FUNNY! Go see Hancock because it's DIFFERENT from the mega-budget movies that come straight from the comic book pages complete with a witty Stan Lee cameo. Don't get me wrong, I loved Ironman and The Hulk. But Hancock is not a movie that will have comic book geeks arguing on message boards about how the movie left so much out and the character was nothing like the comic. It is a film with a story that happens to be about a guy with super powers. Besides, it's got Will Smith and Charlize Theron in it! How can you go wrong?