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Will Smith is Hancock, a superhero with superpowers, ability to fly and shave with his fingernails. Unfortunately he is a smelly bum, permanently drunk, disappointed by his own life, wondering why everybody calls him an asshole despite the fact that he keeps destroying half the city of Los Angeles and everybody’s front yard and Mercedes just to stop a car chase. When he saves the life of a PR consultant, he is in for a free image campaign to get a better life, to become a more lived hero again.

All the way through Hancock I kept thinking “There must have been a meeting. There must have been a meeting” – a meeting, I mean, where somebody stood up and said (then shouted) “Excuse me – if you want to make fun of us, try again. Films about ill-begotten superheroes must look like the one about the fat panda. You must start by telling the audience why the central character should be a hero, but currently can’t. Then you have to introduce a villain, and a good one. And finally you have to show the hero a way to overcome his deficits.
There are 4000 examples in movie history for this. Go home, watch them, come back. Surprise us by making it end with everybody dying. Surprise us by making the character swear at bystanders or watch porn movies to kill time.
BUT DON’T MAKE THE FILM LOOK AS IF HALF A GOOD SCRIPT HAD BEEN WRITTEN ON THE SIDES OF A RUBIK’S CUBE, THEN AN IDIOT WAS ALLOWED TO PLAY WITH THE CUBE FOR HALF AN HOUR, AND THEN ONLY ONE SIDE OF THE CUBE WAS USED!!!”

This is by far the most all-over-the-place film of the year, the decade, ever? It does not know AT ALL where to come from and where to go. Fallen hero? Nice, but is played for maybe 15 minutes. And there is the idealistic PR consultant who helps him out of his misery. And is this a comedy, as indicated by the funny bum hero, by all the funny things he breaks in his funny landings? By the slapstick “head up his ass” scenes? Or is this serious terror, the woman dying? Hands being cut off? Mortal compact to the end, with very dark visuals? What the hell do you want to be, ill-begotten creature? What, in any case, if the plot? Where is the conflict, the villain? That little bloke with the hooked hand? Excuse me??”

The most amazing thing is that the film shows how incredibly bankable Will Smith is – it truly takes a superhero to get such a film started – and even end up number 1 at the box office. He is hot, and he cannot even do anything against it himself!

NYT Overview
The Filthy Critic writes: “Shitty ideas are like potato chips in Hollywood: one is never enough.”

And Spout.com: Hancock hits a point where you can practically feel the filmmaker say, “Oh shit, this is going nowhere, so we better surprise them.”

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