Monday, July 07, 2008

Go see this man's film.




So, I braved the Oh Shit Guy and the Giggly Teenage Girl Group to go see Hancock last night. Thankfully, OSG must have been at Wanted, though the Girls were in my theater. Someone told them to shut the hell up before I did though, so I was able to actually watch the movie in peace.

I know this movie is getting some very mediocre reviews. They are wrong. See, three days before I went to see The Incredible Hulk, which was fine but lacking in almost any emotional resonance. Apparently Hancock absorbed it all Rogue style because unlike the "let's focus on nothing but Hulk smash" script, there's actually emotions and drama in Hancock, and like Iron Man, it's a grown up film which happens to be about Superheroes. Indeed, that may be the problem-- I would compare it to another movie I really liked that no one else did, Superman Returns. Each are about real people in a world which allows superbeings to exist. Each involves characters having to deal with the consequences of their decisions. And each deserves more audience than it is getting. Yeah, I know Will Smith is richer than King Farouq- then go see the movie to help out Jason Bateman. He's incredibly talented, vastly underrated, and may be the hero of this film. I am keeping this review spoiler free, but depending what Dark Knight does for me, this may be my favorite movie of the summer.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've always been a fan of Jason Bateman.

Dan, you are absolutely prolific now that you are home. :-)


I wanted to comment on your last two posts, and have started a few preliminary notes to myself, but haven't made the time to complete my thoughts yet. I really enjoy reading your posts.

Stacy and TJ just saw this film and they liked it alot as well. I can't wait to read your review of The Dark Knight. I was a huge Heath Ledger fan from way back when he was in the short-lived TV show ROAR. Hearing of his death broke my heart.

Deborah

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Dan said...

Sabatino, welcome aboard. I can tell you your English is better than my Italian!
Dan

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It's a wonderful tool.


Deborah

Dan said...

Yikes! It's like the internet makes you speak in tongues!!! :)
Dan