Difficult to know whether the makers of this latest Will Smith vehicle were inspired by The Incredibles but it is certainly the picture that first springs to mind.
After all, the high concept is a sort of comedy about a superhero everybody hates because of the chaos he causes while reluctantly trying to save the world.
The big difference here is that, unlike The Incredibles, Hancock has a severe attitude problem not to mention an unhealthy liking for booze.
Smith is superficially perfect for the role as it taps into both the comedic and dramatic sides of his big screen appeal, potentially the perfect combination of I Am Legend and Hitch.
What has disappointed some, though, is that the chance of pulling off such a treat has been squandered by director Peter Berg who insists on Smith coming across as a surly, alcoholic bully for most of the film.
But there is too much promise in the premise for it to be a total loss, especially when Hancock is responsible for saving the life of Jason Bateman’s PR man.
Bateman is so grateful that he decides to use his expertise to rehabilitate the hero’s reputation, forcing the unkempt drop-out to smarten up his act by providing him with a sleek Superman-style outfit.
Inevitably, the film starts to lose it once the concept reaches the third act and Berg realises he has to take the story towards some kind of conclusion.
KUNG FU PANDA (PG) (All major cinemas)
A GREAT title is further assisted by the presence of Jack Black providing the voice for the unlikely titular hero in an animated adventure that is purely for kids but manages to remain witty enough to keep older audiences happy.
A kung fu master (Dustin Hoffman) is seeking a chosen one to tackle the dreaded Tai Lung (Ian McShane) in combat. Instead of one of the Furious Five contenders, however, he decides to go for the noodle seller who just happens to be an overweight panda!
THE MIST (15) (All major cinemas)
THE Fog meets Dawn of the Dead in this formulaic monster movie which surprisingly comes from writer-director Frank Darabont, tackling his third Stephen King story after The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile.
A mysterious mist descends on Maine which turns out to provide a hiding place for a bunch of deadly and unearthly creatures. Hero dad Thomas Jane finds himself with his son holed up in a supermarket with the usual motley crew of stereotypes possessing wildly varying degrees of sanity.