Number of Times Seen – Twice (11 Oct 2008 and 26 Nov 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A superhero is taken under the wing of a PR executive who wishes to help change his image.
My Take on it – This is fun film that deal with superheros from a very different perspective than most other films in the genre.
They allow us to see how the hero is perceived by the public and how he deals with it.
The first half of the film deals with the various ways that the character makes changes to his personality and public image and it works well due to the nice performance by Will Smith in the title role.
He is helped along by Jason Bateman who is perfectly cast as the ordinary man trying to help change the way people look at the work of a superhero.
Around the mid way point of the film, tings begin to unravel when they choose to have the story veer off into a different direction that is much less effective.
Unfortunately, once that happens, the film loses much of its appeal and momentum and things never are able to recover properly.
Bottom Line – Fun film that gives us a unique perspective of the life of a superhero and how the world around him looks at things. The story works well during the first half while it shows us the various changes in the character. Smith does a nice job in the title role and is helped along by Bateman who is perfect in the role he is given. The story loses its way towards the mid point and doesn’t manage to regain its momentum cause it goes on to tell a completely different story which just isn’t as good as the one that the film starts off with.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Peter Berg said he did this movie for his young son. While editing The Kingdom (2007), his son’s frequent visits to the editing room prompted him to make a comic-book style movie. When this script emerged in 2006, with no director attached, he jumped at the chance. In the DVDs extras Michael Mann was actually going to direct the movie. He felt he wasn’t the right person, due to all of the CGI sets, and suggested Peter Berg. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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