Movie: Hancock (2008)
Writers: Vince Gilligan and Vincent Ngo
Hancock is one-half a fun, popcorn-ready summer blockbuster and one-half a pretentious, overcooked piece of melodramatic hokum. Let's start with the positive: As its trailers, powered by Ludacris' "Move Bitch," emphasized, Hancock's first half is a blast, allowing Will Smith to be at his snarky best playing an underachieving superhero who cracks wise and irks an uptight guy named Ray (Jason Bateman). An entire movie of that could have been aces. But then the cinematic schizophrenia sets in, and it's all downhill.
Ray's hot wife, Mary (played by Charlize Theron), is, wait for it, also a superhero; in fact, she and Smith's Hancock are both over 3,000 years old and used to be a romantic item. Oh, and whenever they're near each other, their invulnerable powers rapidly deplete, along with all of director Peter Berg's disappointingly uneven movie's humor and life.