Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Smith Is a Not So Super Hero

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Smith Is a Not So Super Hero

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Hancock

(Cert 12, 88 mins, 98 mins extended version, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Sci- Fi/Comedy/Action/Romance, also available to buy DVD pounds 19.99/two-disc DVD pounds 22.99/Blu-ray pounds 24.99)

Starring: Will Smith, Jason Bateman, Charlize Theron, Jae Head.

As the saviour of Los Angeles, bona fide superhero Hancock (Smith) helps to maintain peace on the streets of the City of Angels... except his headline-grabbing exploits always seem to result in millions of dollars of damage.

Drunk, foul-mouthed and deaf to an evergrowing chorus of public dissatisfaction, Hancock goes about his daily business, rescuing publicist Ray Embrey (Bateman) from a collision on a level crossing.

As a thank you for saving his life, Ray vows to restore faith in this misunderstood superhero. However, the so-called "Bono of PR" faces an uphill battle to curb his client's excesses, ignoring his dutiful wife Mary (Theron) who is fiercely resistant to Hancock's efforts to befriend their son Aaron (Head).

For the opening hour, Hancock delivers everything you expect from a Will Smith blockbuster, including spectacular set pieces and a barrage of wisecracks, albeit with an excess of strong language and crude humour.

Then without warning, Peter Berg's film abruptly morphs into a doomed romance as scriptwriters Vy Vincent Ngo and Vince Gilligan throw us a succession of narrative curveballs. Smith's natural likeability smoothes some of his character's rough edges but he delivers his best work when Berg's film cuts the comical asides and forces the superhero to take a long look in the mirror.

Bateman and Theron are underused, but make the most of their characters' limited narrative arcs. The two-disc DVD and Blu-ray both include the original theatrical and extended versions of the film.

DVD Extras: Superhumans: The Making Of Hancock featurette, Home Life featurette, Seeing The Future featurette, Suiting Up featurette, Mere Mortals: Behind The Scenes With Dirty Pete featurette, bonus digital copy of the film; Blu-ray: Superhumans: The Making Of Hancock featurette, Home Life featurette, Seeing The Future featurette, Suiting Up featurette, Building A Better Hero featurette, Bumps And Bruises featurette, Mere Mortals: Behind The Scenes With Dirty Pete featurette, bonus digital copy of the film. …

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