Wednesday, July 2

Hancock: A Review


Will Smith lied to us.
They’re selling Hancock as a ‘flawed super hero turned around by the love of a good PR man’ story. It is. And then there’s the whole other movie going on. I won’t give away any of the twists but those of you who were wondering, like I was, why Charlize Theron would take a role as a wife of a supporting character all I can say is that she knew what she was doing.
Since the big themes I really liked and that worried me a little are all connected to ‘the big twist’ I’ll have to back off and talk about...
Will Smith isn’t that great at playing an asshole. That’s fine because the whole point of the movie is that he isn’t one (that’s the point of most of his movies). He is however, funny and ladies – I was fine with the scruffy face…I’m just sayin. Jason Bateman’s character as written is a little bit of a puss and way too good for a PR guy, but he pulls it through on charm and freckles. Charlize kicks ass, and her scenes with Will in the third act are great. Not Oscar worthy…maybe Golden Globe though.
Of course the end of the movie is cheesy. It’s a movie about a super hero – the endings are always cheesy. This one maybe a tad more than most, but Peter Berg adds a last minute cameo by Mike Epps so we leave the theatre laughing and not rolling our eyes.
The movie tries to take on all the different ways we can save the world, a journey of self-discovery and a seriously dysfunctional relationship while still being a mr-fourth-of-july flick and for the most part it actually succeeds.
Buy a big tub of popcorn with extra butter, but don’t get a huge soda – you won’t want to miss any of the almost two hours once they get started. (Oh – I almost forgot the seriously cute kid. Loved him! Cute in a ‘could be your neighbor’ kind of way and not the Hollywood perfection we usually get. He’s got bucketfuls of charm and meatballs)
Final pronouncement? See it.
Oh and Will? You are now totally forgiven for Wild Wild West. It took me a while to get over that one, but you’ve earned it. The slate is clean.

Ps – Took the melatonin and got four hours of sleep last night, minions, so I’m feeling a little better.

18 Comments:

NoRegrets said...

I'm always afraid to read anyone's reviews. Did you give anything away? If not, I'll read it.

glad you got some sleep.

Jay said...

I want to see this movie, but I will probably wait until it comes out on DVD. I don't go to the theater very often cause we only have one in town and it really sucks. And because there's usually a bunch of kids running around and kids get on my nerves.

I may make an exception to this for The Dark Knight though.

WNG said...

I was very careful not to give anything away, NoR. There are great twists that haven't leaked yet. I hope they don't :-)

You need to move, Jay. NOW.

Susan said...

I can't explain why...but I oddly liked Wild Wild West. I have this weird addiction to Kevin Kline...ever since the movie "French Kiss"...ahhh..

WNG said...

It's the only movie I ever wanted to walk out of, Susan, but I'd taken my nephew and I couldn't. I honestly didn't forgive him for that movie until last night...I cna hold a movie grudge :-)

Doc said...

Am I the only person who sorta liked Wild Wild West ??

Susan said...

See,G! I'm not alone in my sort of liking of wild wild west.

NoRegrets said...

I must say, I kinda liked it too.

WNG said...

You guys make me worry for the fate of the taste of humankind.

Doc said...

to steal a line from a Hannibal Lector movie.... "G maybe you should train that high powered sense of perception on yourself"


ROTFL!

OG, The Original Glamazon said...

Whew. I worried because in the metro it didn't get good reviews but he did give Will, Charlize, and Jason BIG KUDOS, so I was STILL planning to check it out!!

Funny, I thought, while reading the review this morning, I wonder what G will say? And then I thought I will go with her rec over any spaz critic writing for the Metro. *lol*

Wild Wild West was good for a Saturday cleaning house or laying around in bed movie, I think if I had paid money for that...I would too JUST NOW be forgiving Big Willie!

So it's settled I'm there. Now here is an entirely Ricial (and racial) thought have you thought of the sub-context of having the azzhole superhero being a black man has? Like in the ral world if the azzhole superhero was not black would they have written him off so quickly?

I know I know Hollywood is not THAT deep. I know way too deep for noonish. However this too was a bus thought. I know reading too much Big Man makes you be all philosophical and deep in the most unexpected places. j/k

-OG

OG, The Original Glamazon said...

Oh yes!! Melatonin is the TRUTH at one time it was the arsenal I call my daily regiment, but now with riding the bus I gets PLENTY O’ SUN!! *lol*

-OG

WNG said...

Man OG you don't even KNOW!!! I was trying real hard not to pick up on racial stuff that may or may not have been there. I was sleep deprived and had a couple cocktails so I could have just been overly sensitive, but there were things that got to me. I can't really talk about them now b/c they would give away 'the big twist' but after a couple weekends when people have had a chance to see it I want to talk about it. I also want to see it again, let me just say that if the three leads had been all white or all black I wouldn't have had any issues at all. I don't yet know what that says about me or the movie.

As for Wild Wild West - what is WRONG with you guys?!?!? Seriously, even Big Willy acknowledges the craptasticness of that flick.

The Mountain Cat said...

Wow I can't wait to not see Hancock!

WNG said...

This is me sticking my tongue out and blowing a raspberry at you, Mt Cat.

slag said...

You make me want to see it. But I am avoiding the theatres until Batman. Too expensive! It will probably be a rental. But it sounds like it will be a good one.

WNG said...

Part Time Blogger and I have a deal - I pay for the tickets, he pays for the cocktails before hand.
I make out like a bandit ;-)

I don't think I can really explain to you how excited I am about Batman. One of my favorite comics made into a movie with three of my favorite actors (Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman). Add in a tight rubber suit and I'm in sexy dork heaven :-)

NoRegrets said...

I saw it this weekend, so you have permission to write about it.
;-)