Thursday, March 5, 2009
WORTH-IT: (Gabriele Muccino) Bravo! Will Smith for continually landing roles in movies that require limited transition from characters past. Seven Pounds is Happyness reincarnated and out to right his life of wrong. Take our main character, playing once again, a man at the end of his wits--this time mentally, rather than fiscally. For the duration of the film, we witness him make heartfelt (and hard) decisions to better his reputation by the end. It's sad--but heartening. The story takes us through seven strangers' stories, and what Smith's character is doing to help their current life situation. From tax breaks to bone marrow transplants, he draws no line to service. Smith fits the role, as always, creating a deeply disturbed man who is at the same time inspiring. The story cuts deep, whether you let it or not, showing us true romance, sacrifice and friendship all rolled into a sad for of unconditional love. There isn't much else I can say about the plot without giving away a pertinent revelation, but I will say to the credit of the film, that while Smith does portray similar characters with similar situations, this one stands on its own. It creates a deep impactful morale within the audience, causing viewers to question and re-question intrinsic features of the story. Each character is convincing (including Rosario Dawson and Woody Harrelson as two of Smith's do-good targets). I won't say you'll leave feeling good, but by the end you feel full--full of emotion and satisfaction from a story told exceptionally well.