Tuesday 18th January 2022

Hancock (12A)
Directed by: Peter Berg
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz

I should start out by saying that this film has been given a slightly higher score than it arguably deserves for a number of reasons: it has Will Smith in it and he's always worth watching, it has an unusual premise and that should be respected, and it is pretty enjoyable on the first viewing.

Will Smith has really beefed up his work out regime since filming Ali
Will Smith has really beefed up his work out regime since filming Ali

Will Smith plays the titular Hancock, a drunk guy who lives in a trailer and who also happens to have super powers. He can fly, he is invincible and he is incredibly strong. However, he is also surly, depressed and pretty careless. So, while he saves people's lives out of a deep sense of duty, he is also rude to everyone and costs the tax payer millions of dollars each year by smashing things up.

At the very height of his unpopularity, Hancock saves the life of Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman, playing a very similar character to the one he plays in Arrested Development) a PR guy who recognises that Hancock needs to change his image. And so when the city begins calling for Hancock's arrest, Ray convinces him to hand himself in, go to prison and wait for crime rates to rise. The theory is, of course, that the public will want him back in no time.

Up to this point, the film is very entertaining, with the right mix of action, comedy and charisma from Will Smith. However, in keeping with its unusual premise, the film continues to throw twists and turns to the audience, and by the end this one is far from a normal superhero, good guy versus bad guy affair. Which is precisely what makes it so good the first time you see it, but I am not convinced it will offer the same appeal on repeated viewings.

It's a hard one to call overall, but as I said, I think that while Hancock doesn't sparkle in every area, it is fairly brave for a superhero film, and definitely worth watching at least once. So if you've yet to have your fill of summer blockbusters, go and check this one out.

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Length: 92 minutes
Certificate: 12A
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Release Date: 2nd July 2008

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