7/1/08

Hancock: Think Outside the Comic Book


Why It's a Geek Movie
Superheroes... plain and simple. He may not have been born in a comic book, but the idea itself was. Only a geek has the capacity to imagine the abilities, flaws and awesomeness of a superhero.

What's it About?
Hancock is a superhero living in L.A. He lives out of a trailer, has a problem with alcohol, doesn't remember anything past 80 years ago (oh, yeah, he doesn't age) and rescues people more out of obligation than of charity. As a result, his heroic efforts are often disastrous, leading the city to hate him and call for his incarceration. In the mix is thrown publicist, Ray Embrey, who helps Hancock clean up his public image as a favor in return for saving him from a train, and Ray's wife, who seems to have conflicting feelings regarding the superhero.

How to Appreciate It
...I'm trying to think of someone saying "This movie was the stupidest movie ever" and following that up with a good reason. With this movie we have successfully created a completely new and original superhero free from the bonds of established canon, but still holding to the expectations of superhero convention... while at the same time completely demolishing them. If you really wanted to hate this movie you could follow the tired argument that superheroes can never exist and could never be real, thus making stories about them stupid... but, really, when was the last time we saw a good movie that could actually happen?

Is it Worth It?
Hancock gives you a completely new and original story about an unconventional superhero. Not only is the story deep and compelling, but the effects are untraceable, the cinematics are beautiful and the acting is both fitting and convincing. My personal vow to not give anything away forbids me from revealing too much about the plot, but I can tell you that the details of Hancock's past are what kept me glued to the dialog. I had to know what was going on, and when it was revealed, it not only satisfied, but left me hungry for more! Needless to say, Hancock is wide open for a sequel.

Yes, it's worth it. Even if it doesn't end up on your favorites list, you will still be entertained. Five completely arbitrary stars!