I waited to see this movie, because I’m getting more pessimistic about Hollywood products as time goes on. I finally broke down and watched it Wednesday night on a friend’s recommendation. I must admit, despite a few plot holes (if they turn into regular people when they’re together, and they’ve been getting together since forever, why aren’t they older? Why didn’t Mary ever tell Hancock his real name?) I enjoyed the movie immensely. As my friend says, it was worth the admission just to see Will Smith flying drunk.

I’d like to say up front that I completely agree with my friend’s assessment that the reason this movie isn’t sitting well with the critics is because it isn’t “hippie-liberal” enough. I put “hippie-liberal” in quotes because it’s the term my friend used; when reading it, please keep in mind that my friend is a moderate (“blue-dog Democrat”) and that I was, until the age of 26, as “hippie-liberal” as one can get without doing drugs. At any rate, Hancock teaches a lesson of self-reliance and self-improvement, which is completely at odds with state-dependant message of liberal America.

My friend also thought that the character Hancock was an analogy for the world opinion of America. Trying to do the right thing, but without regard for people’s opinion or damage caused; nonetheless, with the potential to be better. I admit, I did not walk away with that interpretation–but I don’t think it’s an invalid analysis, and I thought it was interesting enough to be worth mentioning here.

As an exit thought: each of the super-characters in the movie had their own trigger-word. Hancock’s was ‘asshole’ (“Call me ‘asshole’ one more time!”); Mary’s was ‘crazy.’ Hancock also threatened–and in one case, managed–to stick his opponent’s heads up each other’s asses. Was the Hancock character intended to be anal-fixated, or was this a peek into the director’s subconscious? If deliberate–why? will it be part of a sequel?

Hellboy II opened today… it looks like I’ll be at the cinema again soon!

Published by Little-Known Blogger

I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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  1. I had really wanted to see Hancock, until I heard so many bad things about it. But I am sure I will watch it when it comes On Demand.I had wanted to see The Happening as well, but my bil and his girlfriend said it was horrid. I can’t wait to see Dark Knight (hopefully in the threater) !Are you going to watch The Incredible Hulk?

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