Hancock.. not your average superhero (in a “not just another average movie”)


Not your Average Superhero
Not your Average Superhero

A hard-living superhero who has fallen out of favor with the public enters into a questionable relationship with the wife of the public relations professional who’s trying to repair his image. — http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0448157/


Since the day I saw the ad on Will Smith’s new movie Hancock I couldn’t wait to see it not until yesterday July 5. To watch it yesterday after the fun run event was really unplanned. Cleigh was supposed to go where her parents were at that time and I was supposed to go home since it was more or less 3 hours yet before their bowling game at the Star Mall in Shaw Boulevard. Cleigh, after the fun run then invited that we go see a movie and asked me what movie I would like to watch. Without second thought I said “Hancock!” I was jumping for joy when she agreed to see that movie.

J Thanks Cleigh! J

I am someone who rarely watches movies. I choose movies not by the actors who are starred in it, but by the trailer and by the story it will tell. I want a movie that could teach me something. And when I watch a certain movie, I would always look for quotes –meaningful messages from the characters in the story that could teach me things about dealing with life, friendships, love and more.

HANCOCK. I was not wrong in choosing that movie to watch. The movie was really nice, inspiring and gives each and every one person who watches it something they could bring home after having watched it.

As I watch the movie, I can’t help but be touched by it – the characters and the story itself. Now, a day after, as I remember the story and the characters, I finally have collated the things I have learned from it of which some were through the quotes I have listed in my mind and was not able to erase, and some were just realizations I have learned from watching it.

The following are the things that made Hancock one of my favorite movies to date.

  1. The end doesn’t justify the means. We have heard this phrase from time to time and watching the first few scenes in the movie made me remember the phrase. John Hancock as the movie’s subtitle says is really not the average superhero. He’s a superhero who doesn’t care about everything around him just as long as he was able to save someone’s life from an approaching train, or beating up bad guys and taking them to the hands of the authority. He doesn’t care how many buildings, establishments are destroyed as he does his heroic deeds, and he doesn’t care if an old woman would be traumatized by his acts. He simply doesn’t care. What matters to him is that he’s able to send the bad guys in prison apart from saving a life. His way of being a hero makes people raise an eyebrow at him more than thanking him with a big smile and a hug or a handshake. The End doesn’t really justify the Means – no matter how good the effect of a good deed is if it badly affects people and things around you, it can still be reasons for others to hate you than like you.
  2. “..It’s not my name. Call me asshole one more time.” – hancock. This is the line that Hancock keeps telling someone who calls him an asshole – a word he really hates. He says this line as always with a threatening tone of voice that if they’d call him that way again, something they won’t wish to happen to them surely will. What that line teaches us is never to call anyone names. It’s a kind of respect. We were given names even before our mothers gave birth to us. And we wouldn’t want others to call us different names other than the name we’re given with the exception of nicknames. Start showing respect by calling someone by their name and you’ll gain their respect as well. J
  3. “You always see the good in others” – Mary. Ray is an image consultant. He helps others to have a good public image, and more than that, he also wants to attempt changing the world. Hancock once saved his life and on that day, he’s the only one who appreciated Hancock – he’s the only person who shook Hancock’s hand and say “Thank you Hancock! Thank you!” Ray, as a character in the story would teach us to always seek the good in others. Ray also would teach us about patience. He has never given up changing the way Hancock deals with every thing. Ray was able to change Hancock, and Hancock then was able to change the way people see him. Learning from Ray, Hancock himself made the people love him.
  4. “Good Job”– Hancock. Hancock could sometimes get rude even with children and old women. Ray taught him to say “Good Job!” He taught us more than Hancock to appreciate every good deed by telling people how they’ve done. Saying these two words to someone could mean a lot. Appreciating even a simple good deed could make someone keep on doing good things not only for himself or his family but also for others as well. Saying “good job” is just simple and it won’t even hurt you, right? J
  5. “Fate doesn’t decide everything. People get to choose.” –Mary. This is quite true. Fate only dictates and lays the path we were written to take but it would always be our choice to seek that path or go the other way. For when we have ended with something we never wish for, it’s not Fate we have to blame but our own self. There is no such a “No Choice” in every situation. We do have a choice, always. We get to choose and sometimes we choose not to choose – still, we chose! 😉
  6. “We’re built in pairs.” – Mary. Hancock and Mary, as Mary describe it; they seem to be like the poles of a magnet. Positive and Negative. They can’t be close to each other. The more they get near, the less they become powerful, the more they become mortals. When Hancock asked Mary why, she explained that the reason behind them becoming mortals when they get close to each other is just so they could be real humans – so they could feel, love, have a family, get old and eventually die. But Mary, against Hancock’s will (though eventually he accepted and understood) insisted that she and Hancock be far away from each other so they can still continue to save people’s lives, as well as save the world.
  7. “When you want something, you just take it, right? Nobody can stop you from taking it… But can you take it..?” – Hancock. There were times in our life when we take something we have always wanted so much only to find out we can’t take it, ending with us taking that something back to where or whom that really belongs to for the goodness’ sake. From the movie, it hurts Hancock and Mary that they can’t live together. They are meant for each other but ironically they can’t be together. This happens in real life. Two people love each other so much but decide to live separate lives because they know that it’s best for them. It’s not because they don’t want to be with each other, but as complicated as it may sound, they love each other so much that they don’t want to be together.
  8. “You can change the world. I know you can.” – Hancock. They say that for you to be able to change the world, you have to start first with your family – which was being showed by Ray (Hancock’s image consultant and his wife’s husband… sounds complicated because technically Mary’s husband is Hancock). Ray was able to change Hancock’s way of saving people and beating up the bad guys, and because Hancock was able to change, the way people see him also changed. People get to love Hancock, because Hancock learned from Ray.  In real life, we don’t need to be image consultants to be able to change the world. We could just be as simple as we already are and decide to change the world by changing our ways first and changing other people and eventually the world, will just follow. J

A “Good Job!” to Will Smith for playing the role Hancock, and to all those behind this movie who made it not just another average movie.. =)

John Hancock is really not your average superhero… and Hancock itself is definitely not another average movie… really.

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