Monday, January 22, 2007

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

This film is a sweet story of one man’s struggle against the odds. It makes for easy viewing and is only dragged out of Sunday-afternoon lightness by the superior performance of its star, Will Smith.

This would be a far inferior film if it weren’t for Smith’s natural charm and likeability. Whereas lesser actors would’ve over-played the high emotional content, Smith knows exactly when subtlety is the better option. Praise must go to Smith’s son, Jayden, acting alongside his father on screen. A cute kid without a single annoying moment, which is refreshing.

Other than the acting, this film is fluff, but fluff that consciously pushes the right buttons. While probably a film too obviously sweet for many a tooth, this film kept me thoroughly entertained.