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Movie Review: Hancock

Alternate Title: Asshole

Story: Imagine the scene at the Hollywood office when the pitch for this film was made. I envision it went something like this - 'how about a making a Superhero movie - but the hero is a bum that everyone hates? How about if he drinks, curses, damages property, does not wear a cape and generally causes chaos in his wake? And how about if that Superhero is Will Smith and we open the film July 4th week?' The pitch is bought, but sadly, no one ever wrote the end of the story. Therein lies the rub.

Director Peter Berg does not deliver with the script by Vincent Ngo and Vince Gilligan. This promising storyline turned into a muddled film that lost its way. It is one of those films where the marketing is false. It has been advertised with a guy starring as a cutesy, fumbling, but cuddly Superhero but it actually turns very dark midway through the story.

Without giving anything away, our Superhero saves a struggling do-gooder PR guy. As payback, the PR guy wants to change Superhero's image. This goes along for a warm, fuzzy while then everything changes. The movie simply does not work and never seems to find a determined path. We are duped and ultimately disappointed. Save your money and wait for the Dark Knight which opens shortly.

Watch the bait and switch trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZQQgvhn4jg

Acting: If you like Will Smith, and I do - he does his thing well. He is a large screen presence and handles his role as you would expect. Jason Bateman is always the lovable perfect Dad, boyfriend, husband, friend that you might want to have. Charlize Theron does the best with the strange role she is given.

Predilection: I like movies that have a Superhero.

Critters: Dogs, cats and birds.

Food: Meatballs and spaghetti have a rather large role.

Sex Spectrum: No sex please, it is a PG/Will Smith film.

Blatant Product Placement: I saw this a few days ago and have forgotten many details but I do remember Dasani and Dunkin Donuts.

Soundtrack: Loud

Opening Titles: Can't remember

Visual Art: The film is one digital special effect. Visually loud and busy.

Theater Audience: Moderate crowd with some laughs and some, who incredibly, were talking aloud to the screen. Note: I HATE THAT!

Weather: It is LA - it is lovely.

Sappy Factor: 1

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: I squirmed at the lack of a script.

Drift Factor: I drifted often.

Predictability Level: Over the top. There is a 'surprise' to some - but not to me.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: I guess if you like Will Smith you will see it on the big screen but you could easily skip it and wait for it on free TV.

Length: Long at 90 minutes.