Four Movies with Will Smith

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Four Movies with Will Smith

Will Smith has been a staple of American movie entertainment for nearly twenty years. His easy charm and fun characters consistently win over viewers and rake in blockbuster dollars. He’s ready to ride again in After Earth, which arrives in theaters this week. Here’s a look at some of my favorite entries from Will Smith’s career that I would recommend to ClearPlay viewers.

Independence Day

Independence Day established Will Smith as a big screen icon, his first blockbuster after making the leap from the TV Sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.  The film is a fun alien invasion movie with big effects and, yes, a few turn-off-your-brain moments. Will Smith’s performance showcased his charisma, comedic timing, and trademark swagger, capturing audiences worldwide and launching his career into the stratosphere.

Men In Black

Men In Black is another great showcase for Smith, pairing him with the venerable Tommy Lee Jones in a quirky sci-fi flick about a secret squad that polices aliens living on earth. It’s a fun take on the buddy cop genre that has plenty of action, laughs, and a host of nutty aliens to keep things interesting.

I Am Legend

A challenge for any actor is to perform a role without any other humans to play off of. I Am Legend is to Will Smith what Castaway was to Tom Hanks. Will plays Robert Neville, a scientist stranded alone in a city brimming with mindless, ravenous zombies. While he does have a dog to keep him company and not just a volleyball, the sense of isolation and loneliness come through loud and clear. This excellent film has scares and surprises without a lot of the gratuitous gore that often accompanies a zombie flick.

The Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness shows off Will’s acting chops. He turns in a riveting performance as a down-on-his-luck dad trying to do right by his son and start a new career. This film is a far cry from the action movies he is known for, but this memorable drama will prove to any doubters that, yes, Will Smith can act without explosions and gunfire.  Bring along ClearPlay to clean up a few swear words and you’ve got a wonderful, inspiring story.

Happy Will Smithing!

Brian Fuller
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