Will Smith Embraces Failure As Key To Success

Bad Boys For Life ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I’m sort of hot and cold (mostly cold) on Will Smith’s acting these days. Bad Boys For Life, early in 2020 was OK and garnered a recommendation from us, but it just seemed like too many other sequels. Not nearly as fresh as the first film. It’s too often diminishing returns with sequels, unless they continue the story in a fresh direction and stop trying to redo what made the first so good.

Liked Will Smith a lot in the early days and his pinnacle for me was probably Ali, but feel it’s been awhile since I’ve enjoyed him acting in any film (see: Will Smith in 2007 Described His Acting as “slightly above average”)

One thing I do like quite a lot about Smith, however, is his positive, work hard look on life. He embraces failure as a key ingredient in success. Listen to him opine about it on YouTube:

Want to know what he considers to be the worst thing in his life? Divorce.

“Divorce was the worst thing in my adult life,” Smith, 51, continued in a clip of the episode airing on Sunday. “Divorce was the ultimate failure for me. I’ve been hurt a lot in my adult life, but I don’t think anything touches the failure of getting divorced from my 2-year-old son’s mother.”

Will Smith opens up about his life’s ‘ultimate failure’: It was the ‘worst thing’ | Fox News

He’s right that failed relationships are hard. We’ve never been divorced, so I can’t share any personal insight into that, but both Kara’s and my parents divorced. Smith is right that divorce sucks, but it sounds from the article that he made the best of the situation and kept his relationship with his ex on good terms for the good of the children. I think divorce when there aren’t any children is much, much easier. Kudos to their family for doing the right thing for the children.

Here we go into the holiday season and you get to thinking about family a lot this time of year. We’re thankful for a lot of things, our family right at the top.

All this bad stuff happening around the world will pass. However we failed in detecting this virus and combatting it more quickly, we’ll get better at if there ever is a next time (in my lifetime, I sure hope not).

The vaccine will come out and people will feel better about socializing again and theaters will reopen. Maybe AMC will shut down some theaters, maybe all of their theaters, but other theaters will reopen and movies will play again. People will go back outside and enjoy concerts together again someday. Nothing will keep human beings down forever.

Guess I kind of see this pandemic as a wakeup call for the human race.

Jordan Peele Rumored Interested In Will Smith for new Horror Film?

Bad Boys For Life ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I’m not one to dismiss wild ideas, but either Jordan Peele is even more genius than so far he appears to be for this, or badly off base. Definitely I don’t want to bet against Peele’s talent, but this rumored idea — and it’s just that, a rumor — seems pretty out there.

Already I’m nervous about Chris Rock in a freaking Saw movie (see: FIRST LOOK: Spiral: From the Book of Saw), but Will Smith in a horror. Will Smith? I don’t know. Not even sure if Will Smith knows (see: Will Smith in 2007 Described His Acting as “slightly above average”)

Not only would having an A-list star like Smith in the lead create more interest and visibility for the project, but the horror genre would mark unproven ground for the actor. Too often it seems as though Will Smith coasts by on his natural charisma without really sinking his teeth into a character and a collaboration with Jordan Peele would no doubt mark an exciting change of pace.

Jordan Peele Reportedly Eyeing Will Smith To Star In His New Horror Film

Am not totally against the concept because sometimes the wildest mismatches work creatively (hello, remember Uncut Gems ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ with Adam Sandler in a frenetic thriller?), also I’m reminded that Will Smith was great in Ali ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ , so maybe he’ll be really good in a horror movie.

Here’s my piece of advice should this project come to fruition: keep the budget low. Considering Will Smith will command probably double digit millions to star in the film, that might make this more challenging, but producers should remember that star power does not always guarantee a hit movie — cough, Gemini Man⭐️⭐️, cough.

What do you think of Will Smith in a horror movie? Right genre for him? Have to wait and see? Curious?

NOW PLAYING REVIEWS: Doolittle, Bad Boys For Life

Week #3 (1/17-1/19/2020) for wide opening films at the theater and time for me to pick the wide opening movie of the week to recommend.

On one hand we’ve got talking animals and a children’s classic for soft reboot live action vs. the third movie in a buddy cop series starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence back together again. Neither film is earth shaking good, let me get that out of the way right now before picking …

#1 … goes to …

Bad Boys For Life ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Not too much suspense, as the title graphic is a giveaway, but sometimes I play around and put up a different title graphic than the top wide release film of the week.

This film is simply more fun than Doolittle. It’s also a little better than the second film in the series, which, like the original, was also directed by Michael Bay. There wasn’t enough in the budget for all three to return for this film, so famous action frenzy director Bay was not chaired. The new directors are the team of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. Don’t know who these people are, but they did a competent job for the franchise and made another entertaining Bad Boys film.

No, it’s nothing groundbreaking and you can watch my just left the theater review and read the starred review (just click the title) for more specific thoughts, but it is entertaining enough to take this week’s watched in the theater #1 crown. And, more importantly, it joins the list of recommended movies to watch.

This brings us to the other wide opening film this week:

Doolittle ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Honestly, I had mixed emotions going into this one. I’d seen the low star rating reviews and some very unflattering and negative headlines for reviews. Here is a video that explains my thoughts going into this film and similar films where the early critics have panned the film.

Now here is my actual review of the film after watching it.

This apprehension before viewing and then relief afterwards is similar to my feelings regarding Little Women, although that movie was worlds better than both of these (that was one of my top 5 favorite films of 2019).

I don’t make a habit of doing both on the way to theater videos to accompany the just left the theaters that have been done for every wide opening film (and a few that weren’t even wide screenings) since Lion King (2019) on October 5, 2019. The times I do shoot videos on the way to theaters are when there is something else noteworthy about the moviegoer experience prior to seeing the film.

In the case of Doolittle, it’s seeing numerous negative critic reviews. The audience reviews so far, however, at Rotten Tomatoes are more positive. This remains one of my early telling barometers for how likely I’ll be entertained by a movie. No offense to the critics pool, but they haven’t been as accurate a gauge to my movie tastes.

Again, neither of these films are rewatchable to me and my recommendation is selective, at best. Those who like the Bad Boys franchise will likely be interested in the new movie and animal lovers will at least be entertained by Doolittle.

Both are toward the bottom of the movies playing in theaters that I’d recommend seeing. Go see 1917 or Little Women if you haven’t seen those yet. Much, much, much better movies.

Want to see what else we recommend NOW PLAYING at the theater?

Here are other movies we’ve seen at the theater recently (maybe they are available in your area still) that are recommended. Any movie rated at least 3-stars is recommended. You should read any 3-star review (click the title), because sometimes we do qualify those recommendations, meaning we were entertained, but it doesn’t mean that the film was that good.

4-star movies are highly recommended and films we rate as 4 1/2 or 5 stars are must see.

  1. 1917 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 
  2. Ford v Ferrari ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ScreenX
  3. Little Women ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  4. Richard Jewell ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  5. Uncut Gems ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  6. Frozen II ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  7. Bad Boys For Life ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  8. Bombshell ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  9. Like A Boss ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  10. Doolittle ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Happy movie watching!

Will Smith in 2007 Described His Acting as “slightly above average”

“I’ve never really viewed myself as particularly talented,” the then 39-year-old actor said to “60 Minutes” in a 2007 profile. “I’ve viewed myself as slightly above average in talent. And where I excel is ridiculous, sickening, work ethic. You know, while the other guy’s sleeping? I’m working. While the other guy’s eating? I’m working.”

Will Smith’s 10 Best Movies Ranked | IndieWire

We all have actors and actresses we look forward to watching and others that too often disappoint. Will Smith is in the latter category for me. I’d add more to the list (and this is just a few examples): Nicolas Cage (enough overacting, please!), Melissa McCarthy (overrated and unfunny), Tiffany Haddish (brash and annoying),

But let’s focus on Will Smith who is currently starring in Gemini Man ⭐️⭐️ an Ang Lee technical marvel, but ultimately forgettable film. The script and story are a mess, but what might be worse is having more than one Will Smith in a movie. Ang Lee could have doubled up somebody like Harrison Ford (yeah, too old probably), but no, we get Will fricking Smith.

Will Smith clearly has a good work ethic and what frustrates me most about him is he is one of those actors that I want to like but frequently don’t. His work sometimes makes me smile or entertains, but mostly frustrates. It seems like he’s forever chasing his best days on TV as The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

Don’t get me wrong, Will Smith has been in some good movies.

Yes, he was OK in Men In Black, but my favorite actor in that film was the great Tommy Lee Jones. Now there”s a solid actor. Sure, Jones might seem one dimensional to some (that cranky, cathartic role), but his one dimension is perfected vs, Smith who tries (seemingly too hard) to crack out of his comic shell and be dramatic — and fall flat 9 times out of 10.

Indiewire shares their top 10 Will Smith movies in the link where Smith is quoted at the top of this post and I sort of agree with their list.

This post might sound like I have it in for Will Smith, that I dislike him. I really don’t, I’m frustrated because I keep rooting for films he is in and they come up short too often. He needs to be in a film that he shines in.

The movies I’ve liked that he’s in tend to be in spite of him, rather than because of him. This is going to seem like a huge personal diss to Will Smith, but it’s not, I’m saying I badly want to like his acting in …. something. Ali is probably his highlight for movies I’ve seen him in, and that was 2001.

Hancock? No. I, Robot? Terrible. After Earth? No way. All Men in Black sequels? Please. Hitch? Argh. His animated voice acting work? Yes, enjoyed that.

My most favorite movies that Will Smith starred in were 15-20+ years ago (Ali, Men In Black, Bad Boys, Independence Day)

What directors and writers can cast Will Smith into something that makes his talent shine? Gemini Man isn’t the vehicle.

Maybe teaming up with Martin Lawrence again in Bad Boys For Life, due to hit theaters in 2020 will work? I hope so. I like people like Smith who have a great work ethic, but he needs to be better than his own assessment of his talent.

What Will Smith movies do you like his acting in? What have I missed? Admittedly, I haven’t seen every Will Smith movie, so maybe there is a diamond in the rough. Somewhere .. over the rainbow?