“After Earth”, the movie starring Will and his son, Jaden Smith, has been running on screens for more than a week –enough to give us time to evaluate the characters’ performance. Judging by the other reviews in entertainment magazines, we might assume the movie is just another sci-fi, apocalyptic script. Or is it?
If you take a closer look you will realize “After Earth” is more than just a sci-fi movie; it is a family movie, one in which the famous star passes on his popularity and success to his son, hoping that the latter would thus, make it big in the industry. Judging by the character’s performance, Jaden has all the assets to follow in his father’s footsteps: he is the perfect combination between Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and he is accustomed to cameras. The young actor is the real protagonist of the movie, who manages to save the day.
Other than the on screen-off screen bond between the two characters, there aren’t many aspects worth taking into consideration. The special effects that have been used in the movie barely live up to the effects of “Hancock”, “I, Robot”, “Man in Black” and other blockbuster movies which featured a Will Smith interpretation. This is probably the main reason why the movie cashed in only $27.5 million in its opening weekend, falling behind sequels like “Fast & Furious 6”, which continue to draw many film goers.
All in all, the movie is worth watching even for the mere fact of seeing Will Smith in a non-heroic part for the first time. Despite the weak movie script and the propensity towards blockbuster movies, critics are convinced Will Smith has the ability to make Oscar-worthy interpretations. They compared his career evolution to the ones of Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, two Oscar-winning actors who played less inspiring roles in “The Terminal” and “The Mexican”, respectively.