A Review of Sorts

2/06/2007 08:07:00 AM Posted In , , Edit This 0 Comments »

I'm not a cinematic expert of any kind, I don't even qualify as a movie buff. I'm just a person that enjoys the cinematic experience, to sit down and take in a good flick. So here goes nothing.

Solace Reviews: The Pursuit of Happyness.

I'm not entirely certain that this was an apt name for this movie. Yes, our hero (or anti-hero) Chris Gardener (Will Smith) does relentlessly pursue a better life by fighting tooth and nail for a new career but is that really happiness?
I give it 3.5 out of 5.
The Plot in Summary:
Chris is a struggling salesman who is looking for something better. He has a wife and 5 year old child Christopher (Will Smith's actual son, so there was no stretch there). One day he passes by a brokerage firm and sees happy looking people all what we assume to be brokers and he decides he wants their happiness.

His marriage has failed and his wife has left him and Chris insists that he keeps his son, his wife obliges. Chris has very little funds but big ambition and is able to enroll in a salary-free internship at a large brokerage where the success rate is one in 20 every 6 months.

He makes a decision to pursue a dream (some may say at the expense of his son) as the 2 member family goes through numerous seemingly insurmountable trials and tribulations to make the situation work.
My Opinion:
The movie was beautiful for what is was. Will Smith's acting was good but as I said I am not an expert on such things. In my general opinion, enjoyment of the movie depends on your own perception of happiness as it can be construed in 2 ways.

1) Either Chris is a champion of a man, father and intern. A victorious underdog in a cruel world who moved mountains to get where he is for the betterment of his son's life and by extension his own.

OR

2) He is a conceited, self-serving monster of a man who puts his own whims and fancies over the well-being of his son.

I think it's a bit of both.

Chris did indeed move mountains and you really respect him after all he did to make things work. You cried when he cried, you hurt when he hurt and you were happy for the fleeting moments he was. But there were little moments when you wanted to hate him. There were parts of his life that you wish you could shield his son from, like the incessant running. I do not think he was a self-serving monster of a man, however, there is a time in your life, regardless of the responsibility of children, you do need to do some things for you... if only to maintain your own sanity (however threadbare it may be).

All in all, a feel good movie with some soul. Not the best but not the worst either. It all depends on your Perception of Happyness.


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