Despite Sony Pictures’ attempt to produce and market an action comedy, “Hancock” has a hard time betraying its roots which is that of Egyptian mythology with tragic consequences.
In the first five minutes we learn that John Hancock is a superhero with a bad attitude – and its fun watching him literally tear up Los Angeles in the pursuit of the “bad guys” because that’s believable . Think about what happens to your house when you are trying to swat a fly
-it ain’t pretty right?
Yes, when you are pursuit of a pest, things will get wrecked…but because Will Smith is an accomplished actor you quickly realize that’s not what “Hancock” the movie is about. Smith, through his actions, makes you realize he is a heartbroken superhero and the pest he is truly pursuing is the answer to the age-old often-asked question why is he unlovable…
Which of course makes it laughable that Hancock saves the life of Public Relations consultant Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman) who in turn wants to help Hancock with his “image” in an effort to win love and adoration. Embrey (Bateman) does help Hancock. However not as he intended but by symbolically helping Hancock find himself – well actually Hancock’s other half; his soulmate, Mary Embrey (Charlize Theron)
It’s through acting skills acting of both Smith and Theron that you quickly realize that there is more depth to this movie than the producers are willing to bring to the surface…but that doesn’t stop Smith and Theron from playing it like its ‘written’, especially from the moment they first appear on the screen together. At that moment, there is an undeniable look of familiarity – more than just sexual chemistry but a look that reveals a bond that rest on a foundation of love millennial in the making.
But that’s where the story becomes tragic because it seems to be the writers belief that “the sum of its parts isn’t greater than the whole, but lessor”…It is the same theory that plays out in the story of the Egyptian High Priestess Isis and her beloved Osiris who she attempts to bring back from the dead.
When these two “immortals” (Smith/Theron) rejoin one or both will lose their power – (how’s that for an unfortunate metaphor on soul mate marriages.)
Awhile back I wrote a blog asking why alpha males and alpha females seem to opt for weaker mates instead of their equals.
“Hancock” the movie answers the question…