Had a chance to see Hancock last week and I have to say it both was and wasn’t what I was expecting. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did, but came away happily surprised by that fact.
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This is a Peter Berg movie where Peter Berg seems to be on a rampage trying to prove to himself that he’s not pigeon-holed in one movie genre. I loved last year’s The Kingdom, which also paired Peter Berg and Jason Bateman (in a more serious role). Hancock has a trio of powerful, successful actors with Will Smith as John Hancock, Jason Bateman as Ray Embrey (advertising guru), and Charlize Theron as Mary, Ray’s wife.
It starts out with Hancock causing trouble (evidently that’s what he’s been doing for years in Los Angeles. He saves Ray from being hit by a train, Ray decides that what Hancock needs is an image makeover… Thus begins the long road of redemption for Hancock…
What was intriguing to me was that Berg wove a compelling tale of loss, discovery, and redemption for Hancock. I won’t provide spoilers here (though the movie’s been out for a few weeks), but the story behind Hancock’s history was what really sold me on this movie. You don’t find out until the end how he came to be where he was or what he is, so I won’t spoil it.
The ride to discovery for the audience was fun for me. This movie had much more heart than I thought it would have. Berg and the writers (Vincent Ngo and Vince Gilligan) made the story work to their advantage, showing actual [gasp] change in Hancock’s character from where he is when the movie starts to where he is at the end.
Was this movie in the same league as Iron Man or The Dark Knight? Not for me. But I know I enjoyed it, as did my wife. There’s a lot of humor and sarcasm bound in the dialog, which we both appreciate.
One thing that I will mention. I think the advertisting campaign that Ray (Bateman) was pushing in the movie would actually be pretty cool. Yes, it’s a little over the top, but to show corporate kindness goes a long way to improving corporate image, don’t you think?
At any rate… I give this a solid 3/4. I really enjoyed the interplay between the characters and Hancock’s road to redeeming himself. Plus, it has Charlize Theron in it, who I personally think is one of the most beautiful women in the world.
What did you think?
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