Full Movie Reviews
Yojimbo - wrote on 03/26/2012
Hancock is a superhero. He's also a bum and a drunk. Until one day he saves the life of a PR guru who sets about helping him change his image. This film is an odd one. The fact that it stars Will Smith and is packed with SFX also belies the fact it has quite a quirky "indie" feel to it, and Jason Bateman's presence certainly adds to this. It's actually a great premise; the whole idea that just because someone has super powers doesn't mean they can't be a waster and the first half of the film has a lot of very funny, inventive moments to the point where I was convinced I was seeing a future favourite. Unfortunately half way through it abandons the original idea and throws in a ridiculous back story and excuse for his existence which to be honest, I didn't really feel it needed. It …
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The Movie Man - wrote on 05/13/2009
Hancock is a fun ride, filled with a few good laughs but basically a borrowed story(superman) and plenty of borrowed action scenes. I like peter berg's movies, I like that he knows how to tell a story and delivers good visuals in his films. I like Will Smith, i think he's a good actor, but it bothers me that most of his films rely to much on special effects, judging from his other work (The Pursuit of Happiness, Ali.), he's capable of making good films, I'd like to see more of those. With that said, I think his performance is good and is a lot of fun to watch. Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman are good too. It's the story that leaves a lot to be desired and the ending is highly disappointing. Those two things keep this film from hitting a bullseye. Sadly, It's more of the norm, from the …
Franz Patrick - wrote on 11/14/2008
This movie is pretty terrible and the trailers reflected that. This picture not only suffers from a lack of focus but also a lack of aim and resolution. I feel like the filmmakers were coming up with ideas right on the spot as it went along. With a confusing backstory, it was hard for me to care for the characters. I know that the filmmakers are trying to make a funny superhero movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously. I believe they could have made that kind of film with a better script, visual effects, and with just the right balance of tone and pace. Not even the star power of Will Smith, Charlize Theron, and Jason Bateman could save this wreck. Smith’s character was annoying and I felt like I didn’t know anything about him; Theron’s character was moody the whole time; the …
Arek - wrote on 07/10/2008
My liking of this film is as polarized as its two halves. The first half of the film was quite unique. This is the movie I came to the theater to see. Unfortunately, the second half of the movie degraded into a half-baked harebrained plot schematic thought up by an 8-year old with ADD. Perhaps that’s being a bit harsh, but it is frustrating to see a film with so much potential nose drive midway through.
Will Smith gives another strong and surprisingly out-of-character performance as a surly and disgruntled super hero. Hancock may save lives and stop criminals, but at a cost that leaves the west coast infrastructure barely intact. So what do you do when you get drunk and smash a freeway? Hire a PR agent, of course.
Unfortunately the movie ends on a flat note after …
Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/07/2008
A surly Will Smith is a change of pace and for an hour I was quite enjoying myself. Then the film took a twist (one most people will see coming) and just ran out of steam.
Hancock takes the idea of a superhero and turns it on its head. Will Smith is the titular hero of L.A. that no one really wants. His wanton destruction while saving the day, along with being drunk most of the time, don't really make him the toast of the town. In fact, at just about every turn, someone is calling him an a-hold, and, for the most part, it's pretty well deserved. With a bout of amnesia going back about fifty years, Hancock is also a lonely man.
However, as fate would have it, there is one person in town that appreciates him, a nice PR man, Ray Embrey (now there's a stretch) played to perfection by …
LaidBackReviews - wrote on 07/05/2008
What can I say, it's a typical Will Smith blockbuster summer movie. A drunk "superhero", Hancock, (Will Smith), starts the movie off passed out on a park bench, with bottles of booze surrounding him. He goes off and stops a high speed chase the only way he knows how- by destroying stuff and somewhat getting the job done. This is how the movie persists until he meets up with Rob, (Jason Bateman), while saving him from getting hit by a train. It's fairly predictable; he turns himself around and starts acting like a real superhero. The rest of the movie persists with him and his new frame of mind- until complications with Rob's wife stir things up. For a decently entertaining 2 hours, see Hancock. It's no Men In Black, but enough of a good movie to get Will Smith a new yacht.
BryanFury - wrote on 07/04/2008
Not every superhero movie has a hero, I really don't even know if Hancock is one. He's the type you would loved to hate and call ***hole. Yes he fights crime but in an unorthodox fashion. The save lives but destroy everything that comes in the way fashion. He’s drunk, belligerent and downright a self destructing prick with superpowers. But why would anyone want to like him, maybe because deep down he is really just normal like every one of us. And he wants to be loved like normal people do. I wasn’t sure what was really the theme for Hancock, if it’s a superhero movie or is it a love story with a purpose. The character of Will Smith is definitely unlikeable but he playing it gave the audience a suggestion of why not. He really gave Hancock a heart that no one else could give. Yes …