On the 4th of July, after a heavy lunch and a nap (in that order), a couple of friends and I went to see Hancock at our local theater. We went to watch a 9:40pm show, hoping that there wasn’t much of a crowd. We were actually the first people insider the room that night – unfortunately the movie was delayed by 20 minutes (with no explanation given). However, any lingering feeling of displeasure that I felt at the end of the movie almost instantaneously disappeared when the lady at the exit smiled, apologized for the delay, and handed each of us a free movie ticket!! How nice was that ?
Anyway, back to the movie.
I had a blast!!
I know that some people didn’t think that it was “all that and a bag of chips”, but I enjoyed it – it was funny, it had action, and it had a twist that nobody could see coming. Oh, add in a beautiful woman by the name of Charlize Theron – and you’ve got yourself a winner!!!
The premise of this movie is unlike any other. Hancock, played by the gifted Will Smith, is an alcoholic superhero with a somewhat shady past. Maybe hazy would be a better word to use. He has no idea about where he came from, or who he was prior to waking up in a hospital in Miami 80 years ago.
He saves idealist Ad exec Ray Embrey’s (played by Jason Bateman) life, resulting in Ray inviting Hancock home and offering to help him. There he meets Ray’s wife Mary (Charlize Theron, looking plain, but still capable of stopping traffic!), and Ray’s son Aaron (played by Jae Head).
Aaron turns out to be a huge fan of Hancock, while Mary seems distant and somewhat untrustworthy of him. I don’t want to go into too much detail, as I am sure that someone reading this hasn’t seen the movie before, but what follows is a lot of fun, plenty of jokes, and also the idea of what it means to be a hero. Not forgetting that sometimes, just sometimes, we can get a second chance )
If you haven’t seen the movie, I would recommend it! It’s rated PG-13, and there is one scene in prison that is….well, for want of a better word – priceless!!!
Anyway, that’s all for now.