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by Tony Medley
Hancock (Will Smith) is an
unhappy superhero. Living like a homeless person, drunk on wine all the
time, he saves people, but does so much damage in the process that he’s
the most unpopular person in Los Angeles.
Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman)
is an unsuccessful PR man who is trying to sell corporations to give
their products away to make it a better world. Not hard to believe why
this concept won’t sell. He’s married to Mary (Charlize Theron, who
looks beautiful again; for a long time she hasn’t, what with “Monster”
and “North Country”).
Hancock saves Ray’s life,
so Ray invites him to dinner. Ray suggests that Hancock needs his
services, so Ray tries to create a new image for Hancock, with
consequences he never could have foreseen.
This starts out as a funny
take on the superhero genre and slowly morphs into a pretty good,
surprising story. Smith gives his usual tantalizing performance. He
talked Theron into joining him in the film, their first pairing since
“The Legend of Bagger Vance” (2000). His selling point? “He told me that
this would give me an opportunity to be in a film that people would
actually see,” laughs Theron (alluding to the aforementioned “Monster”
and “North Country,” 1,515th and 2,406th, respectively on the
all-time chart with grosses of $34.5 million and $18.3 million,
Good as Smith and Theron
are, however, Bateman more than holds his own. I thought he was an
unnoticed strength of “Juno,” but he got little credit what with the
other strong performances. Here he is likely to be overlooked since he’s
working with two of the best actors extant. But it can be argued that
his performance goes a long way to creating the ambience of the film
that makes it so appealing.
This is a different take on
the superhero genre with an interesting, offbeat twist.
June 24, 2008