Movie Review: Pursuit of Happyness
Being homeless, separated, and forced to raise a five year old isn’t exactly the ideal state for most people, but this is where Chris Gardner (Will Smith) finds himself. The year is 1981, and Chris has completely gambled away all of his money into buying bone marrow scanners to sell. Once his nagging wife Linda (Thandie Newton) leaves Chris and their son Christopher (Jaden Smith, Will’s own son), Chris realizes he has to make a change in their lives. While doing his mundane task of walking the streets of San Francisco, California to sell his machines, Chris happens upon a very nice sports car. Just as the owner is getting out, Chris jokingly asks him what he does to drive such a nice car. The owner tells Chris that he is a stock broker. Chris has a revelation- he wants to make that type of money. This is where Chris’s journey begins as he competes in an unpaid internship where only one hopeful intern is chosen to become a part of the firm. He does all of this while trying to keep he and his son from becoming completely impoverished. Laced with captivating characters, a high level of entertainment, and an overall capability of leaving a permanent effect on the audience, The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) is an amazingly true story of an underdog rising to the top despite his ups and downs to get there. Will Smith fulfills an unprecedented roll of Chris Gardner. Although my opinion might be a bit biased towards him because he is one of my favorite male actors, Will Smith inarguably surpassed my expectation for his character. Smith flawlessly captured the essence of a struggling dad trying to make it into the big leagues. The small details are what really make the movie realistic; including the low-rent day care that is run by a broken English-speaking Chinese woman who can’t even spell the word happiness right (hence the title of the movie). Will Smith really takes on his roll and makes you believe he is actually going through the...
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