Monday, 7 July 2008


Dir: Peter Berg (The Kingdom, The Rundown, Very Bad Things,)
Cast: Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman, Jae Head
USA, 2008

Seen: July 7, 2008 at Scotiabank

Reason to see: Non-traditional superhero film, my sister Jamie said she enjoyed it and also in anticipation of the /filmcast

I have to admit the initial lukewarm reviews of Hancock got me more interested in seeing the film and I'm sure glad I did, what a happy surprize. Not only is it a fun film that follows through on the idea of what an unconventional superhero would be like, but it is so much more. It's a film about identity, perceptions and the power of change. It was refreshing to see a film where the concepts are what made it a film for adults, as oppose to sex and violence. Kids will still appreciate it and stuff did blow up as it is a superhero movie after all, but it wasn't just about that. It made me think, it made me smile and all of this to a fantastic soundtrack including some lovely slide guitar and Ice-T? It is a great summer film that I look forward to seeing again and again.

Hancock is my Iron Man.

Shannon's Overall View:
I loved it
I'll buy it
I'd recommend it

12 minutes of preshow including zero commercial (yay!) and 5 previews: Bolt, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2, Step Brothers and Quantum of Solace

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© Shannon Ridler, 2008


Suzie Ridler said...

I love that line, "Hancock is my Iron Man"! That rocked!

Oh I am so happy to hear that you liked this, I really didn't like the look of it from the commercials and to know that it is about change...well that suggests he ends up being likeable which is what I was worried about.

I think I'll give it a shot, thanks MM!

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

I was skeptical at first to see it but I ended up loving it. It's well worth seeing.

Jamie said...

Wowzers - no ads! What a bonus.

I'm so glad that you ended up liking this. It was a really great surprise for me too. The previews left me less than enthusiastic but my heart was right in the film when I was watching. What a treat.

Anonymous said...

Yey to no ads!

I'm happy to hear you liked it! I really liked it as well and though the action sequence with the two superheroes lost me (I didn't really like that bit), once it was over I was back on board. Tons of fun!

Suzie Ridler said...

I wish I could say what I didn't like about the movie here but it would give "the secret" away. I liked him very much as a character which I didn't think was going to happen. I wanted to like it so much more but I did end up liking it overall, just one element that bugged the heck out of me that I can't let go of.

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