Director: Peter Berg
You are right to be skeptical of holiday release films. Movies that come out on Christmas, or in this case, the 4th of July are generally banking on your desperate attempts to avoid hanging out with your family. In that respect, Hancock is a fine 4th of July movie.
This film has a couple of things going for it. Firstly, it is very, very nice to see a superhero that isn’t the domain of Marvel or DC. There is no cheesy Stan Lee cameo and we haven’t seen this character done a million different ways.
The film opens with the surly drunk Hancock passed out on a park bench. He then goes to save the day at a high speed freeway shootout. There is something very satisfying about seeing a completely drunk Superman like character flying through a city causing millions of dollars in damages.
The people hate him because he causes so much damage, and he has nothing but contempt for those that can’t fly, stop bullets with their skin, or poses super strength. Eventually he saves Jason Bateman who is a PR man willing to help Hannock with his image problem. Of course, he stops drinking since Hollywood has a long way to go before they accept the fact that a superhero can be a functioning alcoholic.
The twists at the end are passable and the disjointed storyline can be forgiven if this is to only be taken as a holiday popcorn movie. If you’re expecting anything more you’ll have to wait till Batman comes out.