Having seen the American remake first, it was an interesting experience to contrast the predecessor. Much like the Ring films, the name of the game here is a more subtle psychological scare factor as opposed to the more "in your face" American approach. The film demands more from the viewer but in return, gives up plenty of creepy nuances and clever camera work. The story is less explained which I personally think detracts from the film but isn't necessarily a negative. Overall a great contribution to the J-horror genre.
So if you've seen the trailers for this movie then it should be assumed upon going to actually see it that the movie will roughly resemble the trailer. OK, so yes, it is entirely crazy and unbelievable, but here's the thing... it's SUPPOSED to be. That said, it's a blast to watch. Awesome special effects and obscene but fun action sequences (think action movies of the early 90s) keep things moving along and the ride is entertaining. No, there's not much depth here and the acting seems to span from disappointing to great but, overall, definitely worth a watch.
There's a lot more than meets the eye here and it's all really good stuff. Underneath it's super cute and amazingly animated exterior lies a story and a clear message about the state of humanity and our relationship with the environment. Pixar and Disney relate an adventure through robots that is surprisingly emotional and tells a love story that should be trite but ends up being what is probably the most adorable thing ever concieved by anyone anywhere. Though not quite as funny as it's Pixar predecessors, it is far more pertinent and certainly more profound.
What I enjoyed most about this movie is that it strayed off the beaten path a bit. Most superhero movies deal with the internal struggle of being a superhero and a normal person but Hancock does it in a different way. Brash, crude and seemingly more relatable, Will Smith provides a glimpse of a truly broken hero who's origins and motivations are largely unknown. As the story unfolds, the premise becomes deeper than I had expected and the potential for some really interesting lore expands greatly. The whole cast fits well, with Bateman quickly becoming one of my favorite actors and Charlize performing well but also being impossibly hot. To be noted is how funny this movie is. Will Smith doesn't disappoint in the humor department here. Highly recommended.
This wasn't quite the 'Hulk' savior I was hoping for but it was certainly good. Edward Norton is one of the greatest actors of our time and his screen presence can't help but add a star here. Liv is quickly rising on my list of loved actresses as well. The effects are impressive and the fight scenes are definitely entertaining but the substance here still seems a bit lacking. Not to an extent of creating a bad movie, but it just felt like something was missing for me. All in all, however, a solid comic movie that most should enjoy.