Friday, July 04, 2008

Unconventional hero

Not a big Will Smith fan, especially not after he ruined "The Wild, Wild West", but I had to go see "Hancock" anyway. And boy, I was pleasantly surprised.

I still don't like Will Smith but where Hancock got me was in its story. It still uses the conventional superhero tropes, but since it was not based on a comic book, the story managed to surprise me. I don't want to give anything away so let's just leave it at that.

The problem with Hancock is that it is advertised as a comedy. In reality, it's not. It's actually more of a drama with comedic elements. That's why the movie comes out a little uneven. Most of people's complaints come from this unevenness, but if you view it counter to expectations, it feels more whole.

My only real complaint is Will Smith himself. Onscreen, he's not Hancock, he's just Will Smith. Worse still, it feels like he's channelling his character from "The Pursuit of Happyness."


  1. I think the biggest problem I have with Movies, in general, is that I can never seem to get over the "famous actor" being who he/she is. I can't seem to get lost in the story unless I'm clueless as to who the actor is;we aren't going to see to many great movies with unknowns.

  2. He he, that's the whole story of the Philippine movie industry right there.

  3. Sometimes, my wife and her friends will watch a Philippine movie....I can get over the "famous actor" problem then.....but I don't understand Tagalog.

  4. Not a comedy. Right. 'trailer sure fooled me. I thought Hancock would prove a counter to Supe's goodytwoshoes. What I saw was_ the movie explored how Love makes people vulnerable. A very adult theme. I'd say don't bring kids to see it; they won't understand. (Incidentally, the movie was originally penned to be rated R. Source: Wikipedia.)
    Hi, Dom.

    Talangpula/ Oli

  5. Hi, Robert: about the "famous actor" thing, count yourself lucky.... ;-)

    Hey, Oli: good to hear from you!