for heroes with problems and problems with heroes
If you loved Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk and want to see another super-powered thrill ride, Hancock is not the movie for you. While previews and commercials may have made this movie seem like a funny action film about an alcoholic superhero, the truth is that this is a more somber tale about a lost superhero being helped find himself and recover from the mistakes he has made.
Closer in tone to Unbreakable than the more recent superhero fare, Peter Berg has crafted an interesting tale of a superhero who feels the need to save people but isn’t sure why and doesn’t take care in how he does it. The movie has a few twists and turns, some of which can be seen coming if you pay attention, that veer the story away from being just another action flick. I really enjoyed it, but I can easily see how others would not. Dramatic and “slow” in places, it still has good action sequences and moments of comedy. That said, I was never really at the edge of my seat.
So, enter with an open mind and you may enjoy the film like me, but if you go in looking for Iron Man, I think you are going to be let down.