July 9, 2008


It's been a long time since I've seen a movie in theatres. Mainly because I've been too busy drawing or something came up, etc. The last movie I saw was the latest Indiana Jones flick, which I didn't care for. (It'd probably be a good idea not to read any further if you haven't seen it... or Hancock.)

I still think, since they went with the whole "I'm George Lucas and I'll put aliens into whatever I want" thing, they might as well have gone all the way with it. At the end of the movie during the wedding scene when the doors flew open, it should have been caused by a spaceship landing outside. And the crowd, lead by Indy and Marion, walk outside. A hatch on the top of the ship opens and the alien peeks his head out and waves at everyone. Indy and company laugh and wave back. Aaaand scene. Credits roll.

C'mon, it could've worked.

So anyway, Rod and I left work early yesterday and saw Hancock. The critics have been slamming it pretty hard but I wanted to see it anyway. And I have mixed feelings about it.

I thought the first half of the film was great, but then it got weird when they introduced that extra element with Mary. I was partially confused throughout the whole thing and partially annoyed. It's an interesting idea, don't get me wrong, but I think it was executed badly.

One thing that confused me was the bank robber thugs and the guy with the hook-- they knew the truth about Mary and Hancock? Right? That was the impression I got, but I wasn't sure because I was so confused. And did they have superpowers? During the hospital fight scene, I could have sworn when one of them threw Hancock up against a wall it crumbled/cracked from the force of it.

So... if they had powers too, wouldn't that contradict what Mary said about she and Hancock being the only ones left? There are so many things that weren't explained properly in this thing. And I was left wanting more about the "origins" of this group of god-like beings Hancock and Mary belonged to-- who were they? Where did they get the powers from? I wanted more than what we got.

Basically I think Hancock suffers from bad storytelling. There needed to be more explanation in it for me. But I did really enjoy the first half of the film and the special effects were great. I wish I'd just waited to rent this one, sadly. And I wish I'd seen Iron Man instead, but it is no longer playing at my local theatre. I feel a little empty inside now.

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