Saturday, June 15, 2013

Hanbwog (Hancock Film Review)


I just watched this for the second time and felt I needed to share my thoughts - from the past! Before I watched it the first time, and then right after, I composed the following review:

"Academy Award nominee Will Smith stars in this action-packed comedy as Hancock, a sarcastic, hard-living and misunderstood superhero who has fallen out of favor with the public. When Hancock grudgingly agrees to an extreme makeover from idealistic publicist Ray Embrey, his life and reputation rise from the ashes and all seems right again - until he meets a woman with similar powers to his and the key to his secret past."

Looking at the cover and remembering what people were saying about it when it was in theatres, and knowing that I bought it for $5 at Wal-Mart, leads me to believe this is going to be either an underdog that I love or a total piece of tripe. The cover looks like a Hulk knock-off (Smith is portrayed with his trademark furrowed brow and wearing purple shorts amidst a general scene of poorly-photoshopped disaster) but with Hancock's feet inexplicably buried beneath the concrete. Is that one of his super powers - the ability to walk through asphalt up to his ankles while wearing a heavy leather jacket and shorts in a thunderstorm? I suppose we'll see. More furrowed brow shots on the back, with some hints of domestic instability, unhappiness in his new uniform (definitely not at all based on the X-Men movie uniforms...), and - I think - Charlize Theron looking really washed-out. She's the other half of the domestic instability mentioned above I guess, and maybe the eye shadowed version is her in uniform. Actually, the more I look at it... Will Smith is definitely about to clang two cooking pans on her head. Interesting.

This is the "1-Disc Unrated Edition" that contains a number of special features which I may decide to watch - if the film intrigues me enough. So, without further ado, let's have a watch of Columbia Pictures' 2009 film - Hancock!

Predictions: From what I've mentioned about the movie, and from the scant reviews to that effect I remember hearing about the movie (namely - Will Smith is a superhero, you should see this, etc.), I'm going to make a few guesses...

1) It's hard to determine whether the existence of superpowers is known to the general public at all, or if it's just an event that's beginning, or if superpowers are commonplace. Smith is wearing dark sunglasses in what I assume is his new costume but he's otherwise uncovered in other shots - and you'll remember Charlize is depicted two different ways as well. So either it's a phenomenon that Smith, excuse me, Hancock has to grapple with - something like a Puny Banner/Incredible Hulk situation - or something that is mostly known about and accepted (or, in this case, rejected because of performance). I'd hate to think they rip off The Incredibles so much as to have a secret organization tracking all the blah blah blah, but if so then I'm sure that's where Charlize comes in.

2) I would really like to see it turn out to be something like when Bruce Wayne and Selena Kyle discover their hero personas while making out. I really think that's one of the most classic and original moments in film I've ever seen and those two pulled it off really well. Smith breaks a door because he's too angry, looks at her in terror that she might deduce he's a superhero, and we see the sink she was standing next to has a big indented hand print from where she was squeezing too hard - a mutual discovery that leads to a Mr. and Mrs. Smith sort of ending.

3) Jason Bateman is in this film as well, and I'm pegging him as either the sidekick or the bad guy. I hope it's not both, since that would be a sign of ripping off The Incredibles again.

[These were just some notes I made in real-time while watching, but I'm leaving them in because, hey, why not?]

Observation #1: Eagles = Eagle's (23m) [This is totally me having caught the reference when Charlize puts on the Eagles shirt to sleep in]

Observation #2: Asshole = head up asses

Observation #3: Heat when together - jiffy pop, cooking

As the credits roll...

Umm... kinda wanna say it's tied for my favorite movie with Iron Giant (nothing will ever supplant that, btw). Reminds me a lot of Unbreakable. Some cute little Easter Eggs (like Charlize's Eagle t-shirt) and an original plot, and I really like that they just skipped the origin story and left it mostly open-ended. I'm really not crazy about the language in the beginning, though I suppose they're trying to establish Hancock as a certain type of personality. I wasn't crazy about that guy losing a second arm and then pointing it out instead of, like, screaming or something, but it was comic-ish enough. All in all... I'd love a sequel, or at least a series. Yeah... a series. It's like this was equal parts Highlander, Incredibles, Unbreakable, and Kickass - and that's a good combination. I'll give it a nine out of ten, with that point being taken off for the language - but I thought the line in the beginning about all the people blocking the intersection being idiots was hilarious - and some of the shots were beating a dead horse just a bit. A solid movie though. On to the Special Features!

...Which I still haven't watched. That's pretty spot-on review though, I really did enjoy the film the second time around too. Go watch it right now.

With Brightest of (He Gets An Eagle Because He's Will Smith, That's It) Greens,
BW

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