Hollywood blockbuster Hancock, to be honest, did not leave me too impressed.
The central character did, yes. Hancock is a black superhero. No one is better suited to play that role but the loved icon of the black community Will Smith. He plays the character with a very serious overtone, almost a brooder.
Hancock is ageless. He is also homeless. He can also be jailed. He gets drunk. He has self-doubts. Like all super-heroes, he may be there to save the world.
But unlike all super-heroes, this one needs an image makeover.
A PR man comes into the picture to do that job for him; teach him to say, "thank you" or "good job".
So, if you compare it to films of the genre, this one attempts to be more rooted to reality, as it were. It's also slightly funny.
The other thing I noticed were pictures of the Taj Mahal and Humayun's Tomb on this film's posters. I was excited about an India connection to the movie.
As it turns out, that's a bit of a fraud to sell the flick. Well, there is an Indian corner shop guy here. But then, you have one of those in almost every other Hollywood movie these days.
It's the story of how Hancock came into being that is truly hard to understand. That wouldn't have been such a problem.
Except, almost the entire film centres on it. That aspect also deals with the female-lead in the movie, played by Charlize Theron.
I can't dwell on this more, since that would mean giving the movie's well-kept secrets away. Effectively, by the time the super character has been suitably introduced, the film ends abruptly. There may be a second part. This one leaves you dry.
It is nice to see super-hero stuff where there is a lot more than just things getting blown up all over the place. But then, if there has to be more, there better be a lot more. Just this much supposed in-depth thinking, for the sake of it, won't do.