Friday, July 04, 2008
It's hard to watch a Will Smith film without thinking of what made him famous. Roles like Fresh Prince and Men in Black as a wise cracking, smart-ass, are embedded deep in our fan brains. Smith is capable of so much more, and has proved it in roles like Ali, Pursuit of Happyness and I am Legend. Though the trailer for his latest release, Hancock, makes this look like a mindless action comedy, it's not. The story of John Hancock, a misunderstood, haphazard, superhero, is an interesting treatment of heroism, image, discovery and doing the right thing. Smith brings a sadness and isolation to his misunderstood character. I really liked the jarring twist that comes midstream, and was so invested in the characters, that by the end, I got choked up at seeing a single image. There are some funny lines, but I'd have trouble classifying this as a comedy. Relax, have no expectations, open your mind and let the story unfold. I did, and totally enjoyed this summer action film.