This movie, Hancock, was not ordinary. When you have a super-hero that tears up the street, scares little children, and drinks like a fish, the movie is not going to be your ordinary family-movie fare. In that first scene, when Will Smith is on the bench and the young boy asks him if he was going to "do" something. I was totally hooked.
First the warning--this movie is not for young children. It has a story that can be appreciated by adults and possibly young adults. But, if you have a child or young adult who is still into "role-models, " this would only disillusion him or her. As I said in the first paragraph, Will Smith plays a super-hero that does not remember his past and is very very surly. If he could, he would probably commit suicide. However, he cannot because he is immortal and indestructible. Life is way past fun.
Will's character, Hancock, meets Ray Embrey (Embrey is about to be killed when Hancock saves him). Ray decides that Hancock needs to be saved too. In fact, Ray is pretty sure that Hancock has a public perception problem. Ray, being a publicist, decides to make Hancock over into a trust-worthy guy.
In the process Ray brings Hancock home where Will meets the wife (Charlize Theron) and boy. Here is where the first twist starts--Hancock and Ray's wife are attracted to each other. It is not an ordinary attraction, more like magnetism (postive/negative) and it is very powerful. Hancock finds out that this woman also has superpowers.
What I really loved about this movie was the Egyptian symbolism. In this movie the gods are part of the ordinary world trying to interact with ordinary people.
The DVD also contains some fun special features: In-depth look behind the scenes, building superhumans, stunts, special effects, and Peter Berg's directing style.
Personally, I really enjoyed this movie. It is a comedic tradegy with depth and perception not usually found in an adventure movie. And yes, it is in my personal library where it belongs.