Review of: Hancock
Overall Rating: 8.5 B+
Hancock was a fun experience, it is a good film but not an excellent film. The main problem with the movie is that it was pitched to me through the trailers and hype as a comedy / superhero film but instead I was surprised to see that Hancock is actually a drama. This caused some initial problems after watching the film because at first I thought the pace was too slow but in reality it was the right pace for a drama / character movie. I thought that the action and comedy was weak but then I remembered that the movie was a drama with some comedy and superheros in it. I think that is the hardest part for people who will watch this film, remember it is a drama with comedy and superheros in it and then you can enjoy the film more.
The story had characters that I cared about, compelling villains, a fascinating premise and a compelling story line. The problem is that mid way through the movie the surprise happens, the story takes a sharp left turn and the audience did not get any hints that it was coming. This in turn breaks the immaculate reality and distracts from the experience. It is a major writing flaw but a hard one to fix and I can understand why this movie had so much work done on it.
There has been some comments from other reviews taking offense at a scene when Hancock is in the house and calls some comic characters homo. I did not find it offensive. It is used in a manner and a time in the story that does not condone that kind of behavior. Hancock's character at that point is offensive to many groups of people and is depicted as a deplorable character not one to be emulated. Latter on in the film Hancock does not use those statements again. I actually found it fascinating that this point plus other ideals about what a man is were the major character flaw in Hancock that he had to overcome to become a good person.
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- Fun Movie Experience
- Characters I care about
- acting well done
- story shows the development of a character very well
- The visuals were well done but not exceptional
- Has a great sense of humor
- A fascinating premise and story line
- The villains were compelling
Dislikes / Concerns
- It had a flawed story with suprises that jump out at you from no where and brake the immaculate reality
- poorly represented in advertisements so if someone watches it expecting a comedy / superhero movie they could be upset when they get a drama with some comedic moments and superheros in it.
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