Based on a true story, this phenomenal movie established Will Smith as a serious actor, capable of performing more demanding roles. Following the life of Chris Gardner, and his struggle to survive in this cruel world with his son, it perpetuates our own personal pursuit of happiness. Filled with heart breaking moments that will bring tears to your eyes, it will stay with you long after the credits have rolled.
With almost hopeful music this movie excels at almost every category, but two most important elements are the story and the performance of Will, especially in the last scene, holy fuck he was good. Very profound movie that needs to be seen several times in order to fully understand its complexity. I am interested how will you see it as a whole, when it all sums up it is very questionable to say that it represents a social critic of a society, I think it rather instills some controversial thoughts.
After a couple of years, I started to change my opinion about this movie more and more drastically. While the personal story is truly touching and riveting, the general vibe of “The Pursuit of Happiness” oozes with capitalistic slime. This notion that you should work hard is true only in a certain set of circumstances, it is not an all-encompassing philosophy. And while we’re on the subject, on one Chris Gardner there are thousands and thousands of people with fates so horrible and devastating that no one wants to film their lives. What are we celebrating here? A game of chance, not a system of values…
Director: Gabriele Muccino
Cast: Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Brian Howe, James Karen, Dan Castellaneta, Kevin West
Fun Stuff: Jaden Smith, who plays Chris Gardner’s son, is Will Smith’s real-life son. Christopher is Jaden’s middle name.