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Hancock

Well happy Independence Day fellow American Cat Fancy enthusiasts! It’s been about 232 years since that muggy July day and what better way to celebrate then to post about one of the United States’ greatest accomplishments… The Summer Blockbuster!

On the table this week is Peter Berg’s Hancock starring America’s favorite Fresh Prince Will Smith. With trailers of this floating around for some while I’d been pretty excited, but definitely a little worried by some of the early negative reviews. Nonetheless, I went in optimistic hoping to see a good 90 minutes of clever one-liners and FX filled action sequences, so did it deliver? Well yes and no.

Here we have the story of a mysterious and controversial superhero named John Hancock. Believed to be the only one of his kind, Hancock attempts to use his gifts for good but due to his outright recklessness and sour attitude, has become hated in the public eye. As all seems to be spiraling downward, Hancock eventually rescues a struggling P.R. spokesman (played by a sharp and humorous Jason Bateman) who in return has decided to clean up Hancock’s reputation. It’s an entertaining concept to set up a movie and I very much enjoyed the first half, but somewhere in the middle this film gets a little muddy. I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone who perhaps stumbles upon this before viewing the film, but there’s a big twist. As a matter of fact, not only does it ruin some of the mystery behind the title character but as well changes the whole tone of the film and only complicates things. It’s a little puzzling when it would of been easier to make the entire film about a hero’s path to righteousness, but for some reason they decided to throw in some more plot elements to ruin the rhythm of everything. It’s only now that I can see why this film’s script, which was penned by Vincent Ngo (the writer of several of the Clive Owen BMW short films) and former X-Files writer Vince Gilligan floated around Hollwood Limbo for almost a decade, it’s just not quite there yet. So what we get is half a smart, heart-pumping summer blockbuster and half a confused fantasy story.

Aside from this bizarre “Turn of Events” in Hancock, there is still a lot here to like. Will Smith sparkles with his strong sense of comedic timing and ability to handle drama too. Jason Bateman is a nice touch of comic relief and Charlize Theron is alright in the concerned wife/mother role. I think you can see that the special effects are pretty tight from the trailers and most of the action sequences (which are often played to a comedic effect) are everything you could need or want in an action flick. There’s little I can say (without ruining the story) about where the story takes us, who knows what it could do to your viewing experience. I’m of the opinion that the first half was so much fun that I’m gonna let the rest slide by. The story definitely became a weaker but there was still enough action and humor to get me through it. So in that case, I’ll give Hancock a fairly generous rating to honor what was almost a great action movie. I think I can be eased by the fact that half of this exceeded my expectations, even if the other half fell below. I also want to apologize for the title of my post.

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