I confess that I can not stay away from a movie with Will Smith in it. Throw in Kate Winslet and Helen Mirren and wild horses won’t be able to keep me away from one if it came my way.
I ventured to see this film despite poor reviews because of the liking for the above three actors and I am glad that I did not heed the critics. And I discovered another remarkable actor in Naomi Harris.
The story revolves around, love, death, handling loss, family and friendship. A difficult story that can be called a tear jerker in many ways, but one presented in a profoundly touching way in this film. Superb direction and acting by every single one of the cast, made it a very touching experience for me to watch. Even my friend Ramesh who is tougher than I am and more cynical than I am about human beings, was touched and I was quite surprised.
The final twist to the story is another very attractive feature of the film and a very nice touch.
My advise to my readers is not to heed what the critics have said and see it. If human frailty, resilience and demonstration of handling adversity presented very professionally appeals to you, this is a movie not to be missed.
I had been looking forward to the release of this picture ever since it was announced in our papers because Will Smith is in it. And when I found that Margot Robbie was also in it, I was caught hook line and sinker. I had seen her in The Wolf Of Wall Street and had enjoyed her role and she did not disappoint me in this either.
Will Smith delivered his usual very professional and effective performance with aplomb. I am always amazed at his versatility and in this, a rather frivolous cum darkly serious role, he does not disappoint.
The story is incredible in a peculiar sort of way but what makes it work is the direction and tight editing of some remarkable acting by the entire cast.
The twists and turns that the story takes keeps you glued to the seat. Throw in some great background musice, a lot of it jazz, and that it is all delivered nicely in just over a hundred minutes makes it a worthwhile afternoon spent at the movies and subsequently at the food court for some delicious Delhi Papri Chaat and tea in great company.
I have no problem giving it a [rating=5] rating with a recommendation to my readers to see it if you wish to see some nice gentle humourous entertainment.