For a season, Will Smith couldn’t miss with movies. Call him Mr. 4th of July, Mr. Blockbuster, whatever. When Will Smith does a movie, it will have an edge and be worth going to see.
To be fair, it’s not that Hancock is a bad movie…it’s just not a great one. It starts off funny, great and even intriguing. Heck, I was pleasantly surprised to see Charlize Theron in the movie. And if a movie has Charlize in it…it can’t be all bad. (I’m choosing to ignore Aeon Flux.)
Then something went wrong. It’s like the director and producer realized they weren’t writing a tv show that could go on forever but a movie that needed to have an actually ending. All of the intrigue, humor, and plot development crash landed about 30 minutes from the end of the movie.
Rent the DVD, don’t buy it and definitely don’t go see it in the theater. Now for those who don’t want any spoilers…this would be a good time to find something else to read.
While watching the movie, I was wondering how they were going to create conflict with a character that has no weaknesses. Even Superman has his Kryptonite but Hancock doesn’t. So what’s going to be the tension that draws us in and gets resolved in the end?
The twist with Charlize was great, the initial banter between her and Will was awesome. Then it went wrong…very wrong. The fight scene in downtown LA – why? What was the point? The whole attraction thing – all of sudden after thousands of years they figured out how to beat it? The moral drama of being alone yet immortal or living connected yet mortal was painted painfully shallow and short.
It’s hard to remember a movie where the start was so good and so promising only to watch the final 30 minutes completely crash the movie. So…enjoy renting the DVD for a night of mindless entertainment when it comes out but don’t expect much more than that.