3/20/2007

Movie Review: The Pursuit of Happyness

Will Smith got a nomination for his performance in this movie so it must me good right?

If you ask me, only half-true.

While performances of Will Smith as stockbroker Chris Gardner and Thandie Newton as his sarcastic wife were really commendable, I personally think the two things that pulled the movie down were a) Jaden Smith and b) the last third of the movie.

Jaden Smith could be a good actor someday, but there were more than two times his eyes betrayed his child acting. Could this be ADD for his part? Who knows.

The last act of the movie lacked the power of the first two-thirds. I wanted to tell the director, Gabriele Muccino, that yes, we get the picture-- Will Smith was struggling as a homeless intern and we are waiting for his triumph.

All in all, Smith was The Man who was really in pursuit of getting over the what-could-have-been-great hump.

Rating: 2.5/5

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