Thursday, July 10, 2008
About Hancock, I'll say this:
It's been a while since I saw a movie with such an overt comment on interracial love/romance.
Basically, the plot revolves around a homeless superhero named Hancock, who has a drinking problem and a huge patch in his memory. He doesn't know where he came from, where he's going, or why he's so angry, and even though he tries to do the right thing, it seems like things always end up going wrong (sounds like a lot of brothers I know).
Hancock thinks he's the only super person in the world (a la Superman), but it turns out he's got a partner/wife, Mary Embery (played by Charlize Theron), that he doesn't know about. The idea is that they are gods, angels, whatever, and that they've been together intermittently since the dawn of time, but when they get together, sparks literally fly and they lose their immortality.
I hate to be that guy who always finds a way to put race in the mix, but I couldn't read this dynamic as anything else but some kind of comment on Black masculinity/White femininity. As Mary explains it, although the superlovers are immortal apart, together it seems like they are always the victims of harassment and persecution. Apparently, 80 years ago the two were living in Florida (not the most friendly state to interracial couples) and Hancock got attacked by what sounds like a lynch mob. He escaped, but Mary left him in the hospital so he could become immortal again.
Sure, there are some major holes in the story, but when Mary tells Hancock that "every time we're together, they come after you through me," it makes you wonder exactly who is the "they" and why do "they" have such a big problem with these two getting together? I'm not sure exactly what the movie is trying to say, although it's worth noting that Mary scoffs when Hancock asks her whose more powerful, but something is being suggested. I'm still trying to figure out the implications of the ending, which leaves Hancock a lonely immortal servant/superhero and Mary a happy housewife to a mortal White husband.
Well, I guess it could be worse...