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Not Your Father's Superhero,
This review is from: Hancock (Two-Disc Unrated Edition) (DVD)
If you like superhero films like the Fantastic Four, Spiderman, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, or any of the other Marvel ilk then don't buy Hancock.
This movie has a tremendous amount of humor-- how many other superheroes do you know of that gets sued and arrested for all the damage that gets caused by crime fighting? And Hancock does do a lot of damage; sometimes it seems, just for the hell of it.
But the biggest difference-- the one that a lot of people who are fond of mindless superhero origins-- is that Hancock's background is both unique and touching, so we not only have a superhero but also something of a tragic hero. In this movie, the hero doesn't get the girl, but in this case, that's a good thing. Hancock is the superhero, but his pal Ray is subtly heroic in his own way and that adds a bit of pathos not usually found in movies of this type, yet it all works out in the end.
This is a darn good movie, though badly underrated by people stuck in the Marvel mold who can't think outside the box. If you want a superhero movie that goes beyond the usual tripe, you really should see this one. Trust me, you'll love it. :-)
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Initial post: Apr 11, 2011 9:57:05 PM PDT
David Boettger says:
An intelligent, thoughtful review. (And not just because you agree with me.)
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