An Open Letter to the Fans of “Hancock” (Spoilers)
Have you seen the second half of the movie? The movie started out so great. We’ve got Will Smith as a down-and-out with superhero abilities. He’s trying to help but unable to. He’s a lonely alcoholic and no one ever told him how to do his job, which everyone expects him to do because of his raw ability. This is a fresh take on the superhero angle, and a lot of it is good. The comedic paring Smith with Jason Bateman as his PR Agent is fresh, and it culminates in Hancock’s successful post-prison assist.
The movie could have gone in so many directions from here. But instead, they strike up this crap with Charlize Theron’s character that makes no sense and eclipses the rest of the movie without any regard for the first half. The movie “culminates” in this ridiculous hospital scene with a lot of requisite writhing and screaming and me scratching my head and wondering how these poorly described limitations on Hancock’s power are supposed to be working. Did you notice that when Hancock is (kind of) told of his identity, he doesn’t even ask what his name is? They should have at least had Will Smith speaking Greek or something interesting. That won’t make any sense to you if you haven’t seen the movie, but you probably shouldn’t. I’m inclined to agree with the age-old Filthy Film Critic. Or, better yet, get it on DVD and stop watching after the bank scene.
photo courtesy of Dwarf Hippo blog