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Tuesday, July 1, 2008


Q: What’s the movie about?

A: A reluctant superhero (Will Smith) must re-brand his image, and in the process he finds out who he really is.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Will Smith, Jason Bateman, Charlize Theron, Jae Head, Eddie Marsan, Thomas Lennon, Johnny Galecki

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketProceed with Caution. In a world full of cineplex superheroes, the one with amnesia turns out to be not so memorable.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: If you're looking for laughs, I suggest you rent The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: No, but if fingernails on a chalkboard makes you cringe, this movie has a few moments which are so much worse than that.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: Gayest superhero suit of the summer.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Jason Bateman is unquestionably back in full force. Will Smith does a strange, pouty thing with his mouth that's a little distracting. And Academy Award winner, Charlize Theron, plays it like she's sending a telegraph, "Bee-beep, bee-beep: Important connection moment is happening here: Bee-beep, bee-beep."

Q: How is the Directing?

A: Technically, there were a few long-lens shots and rack-focuses that took me out of it here and there. The director crosses the line once-- which is egregious, since that can be fixed by simply flipping the negative-- and sometimes it's hard to tell where the action is happening. But ultimately, I was able to figure most of the important stuff out.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: Big ups for originality, and for justifying all the moments that seem like pure coincidence. The screenwriters, Vy Vincent Ngo and Vince Gilligan, are up against some innately unlikeable characters doing some innately unlikeable things, and considering the circumstances, they did what they could.

Q: Is there anything else worth mentioning about the movie?

A: I thought I liked this flick a lot more until I sat down to write about it. Yep, it's one of those. You like it, until you try to remember what it was you liked about it.

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Jaz said...

I know I wrote a comment here before. Apparently, you are one of those who can't take someone being a critic when it's you, huh?

BAH! Phony. A real critic is willing to know if others don't like the critic's analysis.

Monique Elisabeth said...

On WALL-E post, Jaz commented:

"Jaz said...
This is a bitter pill to swallow when I have been looking forward to this particular movie for a while now. But then, I take what the critics say with a grain of salt since most of the time I like what they trash. But thanks for the heads up.

July 4, 2008 1:58 PM
Jaz said...
Whoa. This comment was supposed to be on the Hancock movie. WOW! Sorry about that. That means that my other comment which made it there is not accurate either. I apologize to you. Massive blushing going on. ACK!"

To which Monique replied:

Apology accepted, Jaz.

After you've seen the movie, let's discuss. I will be very surprised if you like it much more than I did, as I'm not like other critics. I actually think like an audience member, not like a film snob. I go on pure gut feeling, and this movie is just so-so.

Farzan said...

I kinda felt the same about your review. I gave it a C- in my review. Love the site, keep up the good work

RT said...

wow.. a "C"!!! That's pretty nice for this pile of crap.

For me, I really enjoyed the first half, but the little "plot twist" derailed the entire movie. I know what they were trying to do, but it didn't work for me and it raised a lot more questions that were never properly answered. I wish I had waited to see this on cable.

Monique Elisabeth said...

So RT, I guess that's a red light from you?

Film-Book dot Com said...

Hancock had a lot of potential but as soon as Hancock was called out of prison, all of that potential was lost.

I still gave it a 7/10, though I did rewrite the second half of the film in my review.

My Hancock Review: