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."