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Hancock Movie

Updated on December 25, 2012

My God who green-lights this nonsense. This movie was like three separate scripts, put into a blender, and sold as one story. It was not like one of those good blends either like a strawberry banana smoothie. No, no, no, this was if some blended fried chicken and a powdered jelly doughnut. Like Wanted this movie is horribly schizophrenic with slapstick comedy next to serious drama leaving me asking, what is this movie, what am I supposed to think, what is the theme? Theme will be addressed later. The best example of this schizophrenia I can remember is when Hancock (Will Smith) discovers that Mary (Charlize Theron), Ray Embry's (Jason Bateman) wife also has super powers. All of the sudden the theme should take an enormous sift, all new super hero themes are just available. Except then slap stick ensues. Hancock uses a fork to see if he can stab her. Obviously, he cannot, she is super. I will let the fork slide. The movie does have a comedic element, and one test is acceptable. However, then he busts a rolling pin over her head, and threatens to hit her with two frying pans. Alright, I saw that routine from the Three Stooges and they were not trying to analyze the mythology of superheroes.

The other problem with the story is that it starts out realistically addressing the problem of superheroes, meaning the millions and billions of dollars in destruction they cause while saving people. Also, Hancock is a jerk, which is a completely foreign personality for a super hero. The first third of the film is Ray, a PR specialist, trying to change Hancock's image. All very interesting, though I would have altered the theme, I am still getting to that. However, the film then changes because Mary is also a superhero, who is trying not to be super. Apparently, there were other superheroes paired up as husband and wife. When they are close they lose their powers, far away they have powers. They were created millions of years ago. Why is all this important? I have no idea. Nothing is developed. Nothing is really answered. It is like they finished filming the first third of the movie and said, "Uh oh, the movie's over. Forty-five minute! That's not long enough. Quick someone think of something. Coffee boy what should we add."

Finally, my favorite, and most important part, theme, which also appears to have gone through a blender, like Wanted 's theme. The overarching theme is that suffering is virtuous and happiness. Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong. I will not explain why this is wrong. I have done it several times. However, I will explain how the movie shows this. Ray has this organization called All Heart, and he wants business to join to change the world. What businesses have to do to join is to give away some product they make for free to people who really need it. This is paralleled by Hancock, a super hero who is not interested in being nice, helping others, etc. However, Ray says he should, and makes Hancock give a speech saying, "You [other people] deserve better from me. I will be better." The movie is all about sacrificing the self for others. In a final blow, there is the stranger incomprehensible mythology between Mary and Hancock. They love one another, yet when they are near one another they lose their powers and they become mortal. Love is selfishness, but by being selfish they are punished. Therefore, they must live their lives away from one another so they do not basically kill one another by causing the other to become incredibly week. Again, sacrificing the self, one's happiness, for others. However, this theme is then corrupted, it is already a corrupt theme but then it is contradicted. Mary says she is happier living with Ray. So, one needs to sacrifice for others, one cannot pursue his own desires, but Mary is being selfish by living with Ray and not with Hancock. Therefore, she should be with neither of them. The theme could have been straightened out to be more virtuous if Mary just said, "Hancock, I do not like living with you, leave me alone." Of course, no one understands that is virtuous.

The reason Hancock gets a half star more than Wanted is the basic idea. A jerk superhero that causes massive destruction on his escapades is held accountable can be a far better film than the one produced.


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