Rated: PG-13 some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and language Reviewed by: Nina Release date: July 2, 2008 Released by:
If you are expecting an action packed, funny movie about a would-be superhero that saves ordinary citizens in a bumpling, loveable sort of way - this ain’t it! Will Smith is semi-likable as the drunken, seemingly uncaring guy who happens to have super powers and whose action motto should be “Ooops, my bad”. But it gets lost after the first 30 minutes in a choppy, confusing storyline that never really fullfils the Will Smith summer blockbuster expectation.
Jason Bateman and Charlize Theron give so-so performances as a husband and wife team with secrets and all three of these stars still don’t save this movie from just being only mildly “interesting” with some action scenes, some stupid humor and little sympathy for the destruction and mean-spirited nature of the interaction between the title character and the people he encounters. Hancock’s aversion to a certain word has him being mean to kids and adults alike and just wasn’t funny. Even the flying around, being able to deflect bullets and move from place to place without being seen are unimpressive.
The story had potential to be satisfying with the chance for Hancock to mend his ways and become the ultimate superhero in the slick costume but the movie changes direction fast and brings in unexpected circumstances that ruin the feel-good ending. The dramatic climax is sappy instead of inspiring. The way the movie started out is not the way it ends - it is almost like two movies in one.
If you enjoy Will Smith, which we all do, this will be okay to see but I might not stand in the long line on opening night, wait for a couple of days for the crowd to die down and then just “fly” right into your seat! It’s worth one small bag of popcorn and maybe a small soda. Save the candy money for the next film.