The Pursuit of Happyness Reviews
Chris Gardner tries to take care of his five year old son Christopher but struggles with financial issues, making a living off of selling bone density scales. He hopes to become a successful stock broker and trains in an competetive internship whilst balancing a consistently worsening homelessness. It's literally a rags to riches story.
The Pursuit of Happyness is honestly too heartfelt and surreal to dislike. The performances are outstanding, especially from Will Smith. His performances are often varied depending on the film but he delivers well in his role here and is a likable hard working protagonist. Smith can balance anger, sadness, and a lot of optimism very well and realistically. This was also the film debut of Smith's son Jaden, who as a kid is very cute and obviously has great chemistry with his father. As his film career goes on, however, we know how things can really change for him. The Pursuit of Happyness' story is uplifting and compelling, but at times is a little repetitive and predictable, too - there's tons of scenes where Chris loses a scale or it gets stolen and he is sidetracked because of it. Sometimes the plot is conflicted on striving towards Chris' broker goals or his spiraling homelessness. It balances it okay, but it's a little conflicted. The uplifting spirit of The Pursuit of Happyness and its great performances make it one of Will Smith's finest performances and films, and is definitely a great modern biopic drama.