Monday, December 22, 2008
At the movies: Seven Pounds
This movie got so much hype from Oprah and everyone that had already seen it that I thought I was in for a "holy shit!" M. Night Shayamalan-type ending. Too bad I figured it out 10 minutes into the movie.
It's hard to describe the movie without giving too much away: Will Smith plays Ben Thomas, a man who tries to change the lives of certain people. His personal story is revealed in bits and pieces throughout the movie so that by the end, it all makes sense. Oh, and Rosario Dawson plays a woman that Ben falls for. Other than that, I really can't give you much more about the plot.
The movie is definitely a tear-jerker and had me quivering my lip from the very beginning. It's a great look at loss and how different people deal with what life throws at them. However, I found myself telling Will to quit his pathetic "feeling-sorry-for-myself" attitude on more than one occasion. So either I'm a cold, heartless bitch, or he was overacting. Either is a possibility.
The good news: if you don't figure out what's going on within the first 15 minutes of the movie, it will keep you guessing until the end. And everyone loves it when a mystery is solved.
Bottom line: don't spend $10 to see in the theater. Watch it online for free or wait until it comes out on DVD.