Sunday 29 June 2008
Hancock is another film which doesn't live up to its potential, but it is tantalisingly close. It stars Will Smith as an unshaven, unhygienic superhero.
He may be able to fly and throw cars through walls, but he's usually in an alcoholic haze at the time, and for every crook he catches he costs Los Angeles millions of dollars in property damage – something, by the way, which all superheroes do, but which no one ever blames or bills them for. For once, it's the superhero who needs saving, and the man for the job is a glib but good-hearted PR guru, Jason Bateman, who believes he can overhaul Smith's image. Bateman's wife, Charlize Theron, isn't convinced.
Anyone who pays for a glossy Will Smith summer blockbuster will be shouting for a refund within minutes. Hancock is a sly, subversive satire with the mood of an indie drama and the wobbly guerrilla camera style of The Bourne Ultimatum. But the second half of Hancock is where it really cuts loose, throwing in a loopy sub plot and a stack of complicated mythology, and giving the distinct impression that there's a longer director's cut in the offing where its sudden twists and turns will all make sense.
It's certainly a flawed film, but that's mainly because it has more ideas than it knows what to do with. That won't stop it being watched again and again by its cult following long after most of this summer's other superhero movies are forgotten.
Review: Imaginative storytelling returns with vigourfilm
Bannatyne leaves Dragon's DenTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Game of Thrones author George RR Martin says 'f*** you' to fans who fear he will die before finishing Westeros saga
- 2 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
- 3 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 4 L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs
- 5 The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories