Saturday, July 19, 2008

movie review: hancock

here are my movie reviews of the week!

i watched 2 movies: Hancock, starring Will Smith, and Wanted, starring Angelina Jolie.

Hancock is about a homeless superhero, who lives in Los Angeles. he is a reluctant, irresponsible hero, who meets up with a publicity relations guy, played by Jason Bateman, and sets out to clean up his image and mold him into the superhero that he was meant to be. at first, i wasn't motivated to watch this, BUT i do love superhero movies, and i heard there was a twist to it, and i love twists. unfortunately, i figured out the twist within 20 minutes of the movie. and...kinda fell asleep on the slow parts. i didn't miss much, because i figured out the twist (and you will too), and confirmed it w/ the hubby afterwards. the special effects were cool, there were some parts that were humorous and Smith is believable as a homeless superhero dude. Los Angeles needs a hero like Hancock! Bateman did a great job, too. but i found Charlize Theron, who i really like as an actress, very dry and not believable. she is a supporting actress, but i felt like her role blended in the background, even though her character is very important to the story (she plays Bateman's wife). i don't think this was a huge blockbuster hit, especially knowing that it's going up against the other action films, like The Mummy, Iron Man, The Dark Knight, and Incredible Hulk. so i'm going to have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars.

Wanted, on the other hand, i loved! when i go to an action film, i expect it to be action-packed all the way through. i think the story was interesting, as well, and you could say that it is a sort of superhero/fantasy flick. imagine being able to curve a bullet with your mind, and have the agility, strength, and skill to kick some butt! Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman play special assassins who bring balance to the world by receiving assignments from a "loom" (think greek mythology, with the 3 sisters of fate) that instructs who needs to be killed to achieve this balance. James McAvoy plays the rookie, who receives training from Jolie, Freeman, and other sorted characters. Jolie plays her typical Lara Croft/Mrs. Smith-esque character. no surprises there. Freeman is always stellar. McAvoy was believable as playing the EveryMan/Ordinary Joe, the guy in the cubicle that hates their life and wanting to do/be something else. i liked the action, and there's quite a bit of violence (yeah, assasination and torture...not my mother's movie). but it's so entertaining, i didn't want it to end. 5 out of 5 stars.

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