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Hancock the Homeless Hero
Member Name: McBeer
Advantages: Will Smith, special effects
Disadvantages: Seems to go a bit everywhere for a plot
Directed by: Peter Berg
Written by: Vincent Ngo, Vince Gilligan
Hancock (Will Smith) seems to be just an everyday superhero who has super strength, can fly and can pretty much take anything thrown at him, whether it's a bullet or a building. Although the one difference is he seems to have a grudge with the world. Whilst he could be the most helpful citizen in Los Angeles, instead he is a clumsy alcoholic not feeling he has to prove a thing to anyone. After saving many lives in his time, he adds up the costs to the city for the damages he causes, usually in the millions of dollars. Many people don't see the point in him even helping out due to the damages he creates apart from one man who has his life saved.
Ray Embray (Jason Bateman) is in PR relations and after realizing he would not be alive without Hancock he decides he can try and turn his image around. After inviting Hancock back to his home for dinner he discusses the idea of making the city once again love Hancock. Whilst he battles along trying to give Hancock a better outlook on life and a better image to the people, Rays wife Mary (Charlize Theron) doesn't like him being around. It's only a matter of time before something can be said.
Will Smith once again brings out the humor in the film. The sarcasm in his script makes it a very delightful and fun film to watch with the added comedy. He can pull off the superhero sketch rather well and even better pulls off the arrogant person his meant to be. From a homeless superhero he uses good character to work his way back up again.
The special effects in the film are a great laugh more than serious. Scenes such as the famous Walter the Grey Whale who gets put back into sea by Hancock are pure comedy making it a great film for the family. The special effects such as flying also are done perfectly with Will Smith adding to the character of flying whilst drunk and not being able to land.
Overall the film is a good laugh when you're watching it, although it does tend to get more serious towards the end. The script seems to be going everywhere from the middle onwards, but the action happily makes up for this. It's worth going to see.
Summary: Its a good laugh and not so serious