Happy Will Smithmas everyone! Yes, it seems like in addition to the summer’s Big Willy Day over the last couple years we’ve also had Will Smithmas where the Fresh Prince shows us his acting chops in some more dramatic movies. There’s been “The Pursuit of Happyness” “I Am Legend” and this year we have the mysterious “Seven Pounds”. Let’s see what the critics have to say about it and the other releases this week.
Starring: Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson
Directed by: Gabriele Muccino
Plot: Ben Thomas is an IRS agent who gets involved in the lives of seven strangers for a mysterious purpose.
Rotten Tomatoes Freshness: 27%
Critic Consensus: “Grim and morose, Seven Pounds is also undone by an illogical plot.”
Starring: Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper
Directed by: Peyton Reed
Plot: After visiting a self help seminar, Carl Allen is compelled to say “yes” to anything and everything.
RT Freshness: 41%
Critic Consensus: “Jim Carrey’s comic convulsions are the only bright spots in this otherwise dim and predictable comedy.”
The Tale of Despereaux
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Dustin Hoffman, Robbie Coltrane, Richard Jenkins
Directed by: Sam Fell and Rob Stevenhagen
Plot: Tiny mouse Despereaux goes on a quest to save a princess after being banished from his village for not following the rules.
RT Freshness: 46%
Critic Consensus: “Despite its striking visuals, The Tale of Despereaux as a story feels familiar and unimaginative.”
The Wrestler (Limited)
Starring: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood
Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
Plot: Randy “The Ram” Robinson is a professional wrestler who is past his prime but still clings to the sport because it’s all he’s known. He also tries to restart his relationship with estranged daughter and courts his best friend Cassidy.
RT Freshnes: 97%
Critic Consensus: “Mickey Rourke gives a performance for the ages in The Wrestler, a richly affecting, heart-wrenching yet ultimately rewarding drama.”