First off, I hope all of you in the U.S. had a wonderful Fourth of July holiday weekend. We had the best weather we've had in years here in Chicago, but I did duck inside for a few hours Saturday evening to see Hancock. As should come as no surprise, it was the #1 movie at the box office, and Will Smith continues his reign as Master of Summer Blockbusters.
My husband felt that Hancock was "exactly what you'd expect"... but then again, as he always seems to do, he saw the big twist in the movie coming from a mile away, and I did not.
What everyone should already know from the previews is that Will Smith plays Hancock, an alcoholic superhero with a bad attitude, who gets a public relations makeover from Jason Bateman's character. That storyline takes up somewhere between the first 1/2 to 2/3 of the movie. I must admit that I really liked Big Willy in a more foul-mouthed-than-usual role. It was almost like he had this wannabe-gangsta routine built up and couldn't wait to unleash it at the right moment. Some people might think his swearing is gratuitous, but I thought some of the funniest scenes in the movie revolved around Hancock going off on someone.
Then things turned a little weird with a plot detour that I didn't like at first, but that actually grew on me after I left the theater. I will discuss this more in the comments section for those of you who have already seen the movie.
One thing I was hesitant to write about is how much the camera angles made me queasy. I suspect that maybe I felt so ill because not only had I read a review that highlighted the awful shakiness of the hand-held shots throughout the film (so I already had the idea I might get sick in my head), but I also had just left the Taste of Chicago, where I had scarfed down a huge slice of deep-dish spinach pizza, cheesy garlic bread, and chocolate fondue-dipped strawberries. But I digress. I honestly do think there were way too many jarring close-ups in the film and it was hard for me to watch... I actually closed my eyes a lot over the course of the hour and 40 minutes or so. My husband says he didn't notice the shakiness at all... so I hope if you go see it, I haven't put this idea in your head and you end up getting sick!
While I don't think Hancock is Will Smith's best movie to date, I did really like it and it was the perfect summer popcorn flick. I also enjoyed hearing all of the very old-school rap/hip-hop songs used throughout the film, like "Colors" by Ice-T. And as you may remember from my Juno write-up, I love me some Jason Bateman, so I was glad that he got a lot of screen-time as well.
If you've seen Hancock, check out my note in the comments section below... if not, here's the trailer for you: