In short… Hancock was good. Not great. Not even close to great. But entertaining. Any movie that has Will Smith playing off of Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) has something good going for it right off of the bat. Some decent story development, some unexpected drama, some solid action, quite a bit of good comedy. This is the type of movie that doesn’t leave a lasting impression. Twenty minutes later, you’re not still thinking about it (Wall*E, in contrast, was on my mind for days after). However, if you’ve seen everything else worth seeing and need a movie/entertainment fix, you won’t go wrong here.
However, if you’re struggling to make it out to the theatre and/or are saving your dollar for the best, I recommend Iron Man, Kung-Fu Panda, Wall*E, or the upcoming The Dark Knight. This is a rental Will Smith, as always, is highly watchable, Jason Bateman is fantastically dry, and Charlize Theron has a role that will suprise you. **1/2 (out of five). Rated PG-13 for profanity (one f-word and plenty of uses of “a-hole”) and violence. Sexual content is a non-issue.)
Another movie where the superhero is kind of a jerk is Joss Whedon’s internet musical Dr. Horrible’s Singalong Blog, with Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, and Felicia Day. Catchy tunes and quippy one-liners; rent or buy it here.
Jonathan Decker is the clinical director of Your Family Expert. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, husband, and father of five. Jonathan earned a masters degree in family therapy from Auburn University as well as a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University. He is an actor, author, and television personality.