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I just got back from the 9:30 showing of Hancock.

Let me start off by saying this is a great superhero movie, but it's NOT a comic book movie. (Well... until Dark Horse starts cranking out comic movies anyway.) The point is, you can't really compare it to Iron Man or Spiderman. If you do, you'll be disappointed. There's no canon, no established history. This is something fresh and new and unlike anything you've seen before.

I really REALLY enjoyed this movie.

Imagine drunk and dirty Superman from Superman III... sitting in a bar flicking peanuts through the mirror. Now instead of one scene, picture most of a movie that way. Hancock is a total asshole and you can't help but love him for it.

There's a great joke, that goes something like this:

This salesman walks into a fancy bar on the 60th floor of a new highrise, sits down and orders a drink.
The guy sitting next to him is a bit tipsy, and he looks over and says "I bet you didn't know this but the winds this high up are so strong you can jump out the window and they'll blow you back in."
The salesman looks doubtful, so the second guy hops off the barstool, runs and jumps through the window... falls for a bit and then wooooosh comes back in through the window, landing on his feet.
The salesman says "holy shit that's the most amazing thing I've ever seen..." and so he runs and jumps through the window, falling to his death.
The bartender looks up and says, you know, you're a real asshole when you're drunk Superman.

That joke could just as easily be about Hancock... because that's the kind of guy he is. He may be a hero, and he may save lives, but he doesn't give a damn about you. It's just something he's compelled to do.

He does eventually clean up his act, mostly, although there's enough comic relief even after his "hero turn" to keep you laughing. A few folks have said this isn't a superhero movie, it's a comedy. Those people are wrong. This is very much a superhero movie, it just happens to be one that's funny as hell.

There's also a great scene in this movie with Daeg Faerch which was a nice surprise since I didn't even know he was in it. (if you don't know who this is, you're missing out. He played the young Michael Myers in Rob Zombie's remake of Halloween.)  He is one creepy looking little dude.

Anyway, I don't want to spoil the movie too much, but there are a few good twists that certain sites have already spoiled (this is why I try not to read reviews beforehand.) 

Oh and there's an excellent soundtrack as well.

I'll probably see this again in the theatre and I'll definitely buy it on DVD. Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2008 12:17 AM General Interest , Reviews | Back to top

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