Seven Pounds Review

January 2, 2009 at 10:13 am (Movies)

My favorite movie of all time is Gabrielle Muchino’s heart-tugging direction of the true story of a very likable, hard working man portrayed by Will Smith trying to get the best life possible for him and his son after he hits absolute rock bottom. Now Mr. Muchino has came with another offering to American cinemas, entitled Seven Pounds, which is in someways similar to The Pursuit of Happyness, but fails to hit the mark. This time around Will Smith plays Ben Thomas, an IRS agent who goes along, blessing these seven people, helping them out while dealing with his own misery. I went into this movie with very high expectations, and I was dissapointed. Part of where this movie doesn’t quite hit it is that they don’t show what happened to cause his grief until the very end, the absolute end as in “there’s 5 min. left” end of the movie, which is confusing to think why they choose to do that. So, you go through the whole movie, seeing Ben Thomas do all these nice things, experience all this very visual internal pain, but you don’t have a clue why. All you have are these snippets they show through the movie. Another thing, they don’t make Thomas very likable. You don’t really like him or root for him near as much as I did for Chris Gardner. I wasn’t cheering for him at the end, or really hoping he succeeded. One reason was b/c I knew what Gardner was doing, I had somewhere to connect to this character, see what he had done to earn that empathy, why he was doing what he did. The movie’s main problem is that it’s not directed that well. It starts off showing you part of the end, then it skips to 2 months earlier, then it shows these clips of the accident at the beginning of the timeline, then it shows people he’s known for a while but you don’t know, then it moves on and shows the ending again. It’s just hard to follow. Like I said, the movie could have been so much better if they just directed it better. Show the accident at the beginning, show his inner pain, the anguish, guilt, etc., then show him meeting these people for the first time, show his romance, then the ending. The movie also puts a GREAT DEAL of emphasis on his romance with one of the recipients. It spends a good hour just showing him hanging out with her, which wasn’t necessary. The movie spends half the time on her then at the end shows all the other people he helped that the movie spent 5 min each on, expecting you to get this immense rush of emotion, when you’re still confused and not entirely caring for his character. Yes, this is a sad movie, yes, this is an ok drama, an ok tear jerker, but ultimately it just felt like a mis-fire from Muchino, and it could have been oh so much better had it just been directed better. I came in with high expectations, and I know I am being very critical, but when you make my favorite movie of all time, I just expect more. Will Smith’s pretty good as Thomas, but is a little depressing. The movie’s at it’s best when it’s trying to get tears from you at the end, that, and WHEN HE’S NOT AROUND THAT GIRL. I liked this movie best seeing him go from person to person, that diversity, this wide feel of him trying to help. Is this an ok movie? Yes. Is this a pretty good tearjerker? Yes. Is this a good movie for a Saturday night rent? Yes. Is this as good as Pursuit of Happyness? Not close. I REALLY WANTED TO LIKE THIS MOVIE!!! Overall, Seven Pounds is a fairly good drama, and suffices as a good tearjerker (I didn’t cry), but doesn’t come near Happyness mainly due to some poor choices on the direction and story emphasis. 

3 1/2 out of 5

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5 Comments

  1. earlman27 said,

    I really wanted to mention this. In one of the most serious parts of the movie, this guy’s phone started ringing, and he got up to take the call outside. He was on one of the lower rows, and when he got up, he tripped on the step right next to him, and fell right there. It really showed you how many people were paying attention b/c everyone just lost it laughing.

  2. The James said,

    poor guy

  3. earlman27 said,

    It was funny though.

  4. nolanator said,

    Sounds like it was funny.

  5. earlman27 said,

    It was the funniest thing I’d seen all day.

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