At the time it was interesting to have a superhero like that, that was in no way a role model. A bad guy, well, not even a bad guy, just not a hero, with high moral standards. But someone who happened to have super powers. And to have him do an image make over, like a polititian, or a rock star would do. That is interesting. It was precursor of superhero movies that would come out later, like Super, 2010.
At first, the somewhat serious tone of the film and Hancock's struggle with other people's hatred, well depicted by Smith's performance, pulls us in. It's a refreshing, interesting concept. However, it grows increasingly hammy as the narrative unfolds and illogical and choppy plot devices are thrown in, somewhat thwarting the emotional connection with the protagonist, culminating in a feeble conclusion to the story.
I am going back and reviewing movies I saw but didn't put on my filmography as I am bored, unemployed and don't have the strength to apply to 30 more jobs today like I did yesterday.
This movie was good, except that it sucked.