Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
by: Peter Berg
Starring: Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman
Released by: Columbia Pictures
Short: Will Smith does it again, with a reluctant superhero role that suits him perfectly.
Hold On for a Rollicking Ride!
With his new action-adventure superhero movie Hancock, Will Smith successfully brings another fun flick to the July 4th holiday. After three previous holiday box-office successes with Independence Day, Men in Black, and Men in Black II, the charming actor practically owns the summer weekend, and Hancock is just about as much fun as those classics were.
Smith plays Hancock, an invincible human who hates his situation. When we first meet him, he's wallowing in depression instead of embracing being a superhero to the populace around him. Living like a homeless person on the streets of Los Angeles, he pours massive amounts of booze down his throat and generally wreaks havoc when he randomly decides to intervene against the bad guys.
It takes his inadvertent (and bumbling) rescue of an idealistic public relations man (go figure that) for his life to change. Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman, in a well-played and believable characterization) is determined to find a way to pay Hancock back for saving his life, so he convinces the reluctant superhero to begin a life-altering journey toward shifting himself from anti-hero into real hero. Ray's wife Mary (Charlize Theron) isn't quite sure she likes Hancock's seemingly bad influence on their young son Aaron, but Ray is determined.
While the action heats up, elements of both drama and comedy meld into the well-crafted tale, as secrets of Hancock's mysterious past are revealed, surprising plot twists develop, and eye-popping special effects keep the story moving, right up to its unexpected denouement.
Will Smith is perfectly suited to this role, which allows him to show off his prodigious abilities as both a dramatic actor and a very funny guy; plus, he looks great in that superhero costume, once he cleans up and slides into that spandex! Hancock is a lot of fun, and a summer flick worthy of equaling Smith's previous winners.
Reviewed by Jenny Peters