A Review of Peter Berg’s Hancock — SPOILERS

Tonight he comes, and it sucks donkey balls? That seems to be the opinion of a fellow in Texas (Plano, Texas, to be exact), who got sent an invitation to see the first-ever screening of “Hancock” (aka the only superhero movie this summer that isn’t based on a comic book), which is directed by Peter Berg (who was on hand at the screening) and stars Will Smith and Charlize Theron. AICN has got your scoop on the first-ever review for the film’s first-ever screening, and the word is … great first half, not so much second? Beware: There are MAJOR SPOILERS below.

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Here is a summary of what I’m about to say in this review for those wanting to avoid spoilers:

Hancock is a severely uneven film. The first half is an amazing action comedy with some big laughs, great set pieces, and slick production value (even in its current state of incompletion), but by the second half the damn thing falls apart. They get dramatic on you. They get teary eyed on you. And the whole thing feels like a throw away episode of Friday Night Lights. The storyline is a fucking mess to be honest…I hesitate to even call it that. The tone is inconsistent and it drags like you wouldn’t believe from the middle on out.

He goes on with the SPOILERS in great detail that you can read over at AICN. Or, to sum it up, here are the bulletpoints below:

- Will Smith is a god created thousands of years ago, but doesn’t remember because he has amnesia.

- He is fighting crime in L.A. and living in a trailer. He’s a drunk, and does more damage than he helps when he’s fighting said crime.

- One day Hancock saves Jason Bateman’s marketing agent character. The agent repays him by fixing his image — by having Hancock turn himself into the cops for having sex with a minor (!!!). When he comes out of prison, he’s reformed and beloved by the public again.

- The agent happens to be married to Charlize Theron, who, as it turns out, is also a superhero. In fact, she is Hancock’s wife, and the two of them were created as pairs a long time ago, along with many others. Except they’re the only ones still alive. (Until the sequel, probably.)

- As it turns out, whenever Theron and Hancock are close together, they lose their powers and become human.

- Bateman becomes evil upon learning about his wife and Hancock’s past.

- For the finale, escape prisoners and machine guns become involved.

Okay, that last part is pretty weird. No evil supervillains? But then again, these advance screening reviews generally are devoid of too much details, although to be sure, the reviewer really seemed baffled by a lot of what happens in the movie, as if the script skimp on the explanations.

In any case, I still have high hopes for this, if only because Peter Berg has never failed me before.

A Review of Peter Berg’s Hancock — SPOILERS



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  • http://www.myspace.com/hulksmashnow B.L. Wooldridge

    The “eternal lovers” thing is not totally dissimilar from Hawkman and Hawkgirl(woman) in D.C. Comics. Nonetheless, this does sound pretty stupid.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hulksmashnow B.L. Wooldridge

    The “eternal lovers” thing is not totally dissimilar from Hawkman and Hawkgirl(woman) in D.C. Comics. Nonetheless, this does sound pretty stupid.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hulksmashnow B.L. Wooldridge

    The “eternal lovers” thing is not totally dissimilar from Hawkman and Hawkgirl(woman) in D.C. Comics. Nonetheless, this does sound pretty stupid.

  • Ramandus

    I saw this screening as well, and I totally agree. The first half is funny, but the second part has really dumb, lazy writing.

    • lichia

      I think you are some haters saying that the second part of the movie was dragged out. I would like to see one of you make a damn movie. The movie was great.

    • lichia

      I think you are some haters saying that the second part of the movie was dragged out. I would like to see one of you make a damn movie. The movie was great.

  • Ramandus

    I saw this screening as well, and I totally agree. The first half is funny, but the second part has really dumb, lazy writing.

  • Ramandus

    I saw this screening as well, and I totally agree. The first half is funny, but the second part has really dumb, lazy writing.

    • lichia

      I think you are some haters saying that the second part of the movie was dragged out. I would like to see one of you make a damn movie. The movie was great.

  • Trevor

    Wow. Such narrow minded people watching films these days. No wonder the theaters are taking a dive (aside from the $100 tickets!).

    Granted, I haven’t seen this film yet so I can’t speak on its behalf, but discounting a film because it gets serious is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. I actually got excited during the trailer when I saw that this was going to be more than just some random superhero film that was eye candy, like Transformers (which I also enjoyed … because I knew what I was getting into).

    If you don’t want emotion and drama then stop watching films!

    • you’re an idiot

      you’re an idiot.

      • yup

        I agree. Any dope can be serious and emotional. It takes skill to show restraint.

      • yup

        I agree. Any dope can be serious and emotional. It takes skill to show restraint.

    • you’re an idiot

      you’re an idiot.

    • He’s Right, You’re an Idiot

      He’s right. You’re an idiot.

    • He’s Right, You’re an Idiot

      He’s right. You’re an idiot.

    • Jeff

      Did you even read why they thought the emotional parts were retarded? The fact is, the movie turned a 180, and totally lost its basis, essentially turning from an action integrated comedy that leads to a emotionally dramatic and ridiculous ending. If that doesn’t say “lost its head” then I don’t know what does! If they wanted to create an emotional movie, then fine, carry that overtone the entire movie, don’t fool the audience into making them think it’s one thing, and then totally flip-flopping on them! And of course people watch movies for emotion and drama, that’s what drives a plot, the essential human connection. Twists are fine too, as long as it doesn’t change the overall feeling. Do your math before you decide to try to call someone out.

    • Jeff

      Did you even read why they thought the emotional parts were retarded? The fact is, the movie turned a 180, and totally lost its basis, essentially turning from an action integrated comedy that leads to a emotionally dramatic and ridiculous ending. If that doesn’t say “lost its head” then I don’t know what does! If they wanted to create an emotional movie, then fine, carry that overtone the entire movie, don’t fool the audience into making them think it’s one thing, and then totally flip-flopping on them! And of course people watch movies for emotion and drama, that’s what drives a plot, the essential human connection. Twists are fine too, as long as it doesn’t change the overall feeling. Do your math before you decide to try to call someone out.

    • J SB

      Why don’t you actually see the movie before critiquing it? And you’re right, theaters aren’t doing well because “narrow minded people” are watching films — not because Hollywood makes bullshit, left wing, propaganda trash that nobody is willing to see! I’d call you an idiot as well, but after hearing it a hundred times you’d probably still not believe it! Idiot.

    • J SB

      Why don’t you actually see the movie before critiquing it? And you’re right, theaters aren’t doing well because “narrow minded people” are watching films — not because Hollywood makes bullshit, left wing, propaganda trash that nobody is willing to see! I’d call you an idiot as well, but after hearing it a hundred times you’d probably still not believe it! Idiot.

    • Scoop

      ….dude, a superhero movie advertised as a comedy? Maybe you should get serious and think about what you’re defending. This movie should not have an after school special drama for a closing act…. come on!

    • Scoop

      ….dude, a superhero movie advertised as a comedy? Maybe you should get serious and think about what you’re defending. This movie should not have an after school special drama for a closing act…. come on!

  • Trevor

    Wow. Such narrow minded people watching films these days. No wonder the theaters are taking a dive (aside from the $100 tickets!).

    Granted, I haven’t seen this film yet so I can’t speak on its behalf, but discounting a film because it gets serious is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. I actually got excited during the trailer when I saw that this was going to be more than just some random superhero film that was eye candy, like Transformers (which I also enjoyed … because I knew what I was getting into).

    If you don’t want emotion and drama then stop watching films!

  • Trevor

    Wow. Such narrow minded people watching films these days. No wonder the theaters are taking a dive (aside from the $100 tickets!).

    Granted, I haven’t seen this film yet so I can’t speak on its behalf, but discounting a film because it gets serious is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. I actually got excited during the trailer when I saw that this was going to be more than just some random superhero film that was eye candy, like Transformers (which I also enjoyed … because I knew what I was getting into).

    If you don’t want emotion and drama then stop watching films!

    • you’re an idiot

      you’re an idiot.

      • yup

        I agree. Any dope can be serious and emotional. It takes skill to show restraint.

    • He’s Right, You’re an Idiot

      He’s right. You’re an idiot.

    • Jeff

      Did you even read why they thought the emotional parts were retarded? The fact is, the movie turned a 180, and totally lost its basis, essentially turning from an action integrated comedy that leads to a emotionally dramatic and ridiculous ending. If that doesn’t say “lost its head” then I don’t know what does! If they wanted to create an emotional movie, then fine, carry that overtone the entire movie, don’t fool the audience into making them think it’s one thing, and then totally flip-flopping on them! And of course people watch movies for emotion and drama, that’s what drives a plot, the essential human connection. Twists are fine too, as long as it doesn’t change the overall feeling. Do your math before you decide to try to call someone out.

    • J SB

      Why don’t you actually see the movie before critiquing it? And you’re right, theaters aren’t doing well because “narrow minded people” are watching films — not because Hollywood makes bullshit, left wing, propaganda trash that nobody is willing to see! I’d call you an idiot as well, but after hearing it a hundred times you’d probably still not believe it! Idiot.

    • Scoop

      ….dude, a superhero movie advertised as a comedy? Maybe you should get serious and think about what you’re defending. This movie should not have an after school special drama for a closing act…. come on!

  • Jay

    ugh Trevor,

    He SAW the movie. He has an opinion about it. It s*cks. Get over it. You however, well all I can say is the matrix has you my friend. Good luck in life and continue to take the blue pill.