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Monday, July 7, 2008

Right Paul

posted by on July 7 at 12:24 PM

I watched Hancock this weekend and found Paul Constant’s assessment to be on the side that is right

..[T]he trailers, with Will Smith as a drunken misanthrope flying into buildings and tossing whales around with impunity, suggested the kind of brainless summer fun that Smith used to supply with films like Men in Black. Unfortunately, as with I Am Legend and I, Robot, Smith has developed the unfortunate tendency to make all his popcorn flicks as heavy as a brain-dead Hamlet.

And David Denby’s to be on the side of that is wrong…

But Theron isn’t running away from her good looks anymore. Wearing a simple sleeveless red shift, her blond hair hanging around her shoulders, she’s a knockout in “Hancock,” and she gives the sexiest performance of her career. The currents flowing between her and Smith are reminiscent of the heat generated by Gable and Harlow, say, or Bogart and Bacall.

Between Theron and Smith nothing like chemistry exists. Those two are cold to each other. Sagan tell us near the opening of his book Cosmos that some stars in space are so close they exchange star stuff. The same can not be said about Theron and Smith. They are two stars separated by cold and indifferent space. Not even a single racial spark is generated by the positive and negative codes (the cultural and historical binary) of their flesh. The interracial situation in the kids’ movie Holes had more sex in it than what is found (and soon to be forgotten) in Hancock.

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Choose your own gramventure:
"those (too/to/two) are so cold (too/to/two) each other." (Hint: you got the second one wrong).

Posted by Troll 0001 | July 7, 2008 12:26 PM

Jesus. These imaginationless Mudede theories are like what would happen if Karl Pilkington learned a few long words. Stop spouting shit.

Posted by mattymatt | July 7, 2008 12:26 PM

This was the problem with the Battle in Seattle too.

Charlize was the worst actress in that movie, bar none.

But, sadly, the "elite" reviewers all think she looks like their x-ray wives or "girlfriends" or something ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 7, 2008 12:27 PM

Saturday I read Denby's review, Sunday I read Frank Rich's column in the NYT in which he said he thought the two presidential candidates should be sat down and made to watch "Wall-E" -- Did these two writers take the summer off and turn over their bylines to their high school interns?

Posted by --MC | July 7, 2008 12:35 PM

Why is Charlize Theron supposed to be hot, exactly?

Posted by Greg | July 7, 2008 12:35 PM

Positive and negative codes? What the hell are you talking about?

Posted by sad panda | July 7, 2008 12:37 PM

Maybe they didn't play up the interracial dimension because we've gotten to the point that it's not something that even needs to be discussed/brought up.

I agree that there was no chemistry between them, but the script writing seemed to want to portray Theron as someone deeply in love with Smith, with no mention of the fact that they were of different races. They saw each other as members of a god-race, and nothing more.

Quit looking for depth where there is none.

Posted by Jason Petersen | July 7, 2008 12:50 PM

1. Hey they're not being aware of race enough. They denied the racial overtones that must exist! Fuckin' racists.
2. Hey they're being aware of race too much. What is everything racial with these guys?? Fuckin' racist.

3. Repeat arbitrarily.

Posted by PC | July 7, 2008 1:02 PM

I thought she was smoking hot in Arrested Development.

I didn't know who she was and I thought the joke with her picture from Monster was pretty tasteless (since I didn't realize it was her.)

Posted by daniel | July 7, 2008 1:27 PM

It's amazing how goddamn the world is when you view it entirely in terms of sex and race. Look, you can even figure out a point to the movie Hancock!

Posted by raisedbywolves | July 7, 2008 1:49 PM

@9 - that's not Charlize. Portia is a fine actress ... Charlize has a much more limited range and seems to do badly with romantic interest roles.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 7, 2008 2:51 PM

Theron played Rita Leeds in several episodes of Arrested Development

Posted by The Artist Formerly Known As Sigourney Beaver | July 7, 2008 2:59 PM

I thought Hancock was awesome - WAY better than I expected.

Posted by Hancock Fan | July 7, 2008 3:55 PM

I stand corrected, @12.

Man, tells you how good an actress she was if I can't remember her on AD ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 7, 2008 4:03 PM

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