December 24, 2006
Movie Review: The Pursuit of Happyness
A few nights ago I went with some friends to see The Pursuit of Happyness (note: the miss-spelling of happiness is intentional -- it has to do with the story). This is one of the best cinema descriptions of the struggle to overcome poverty I can remember. It doesn't focus entirely on the gloomy aspects of poverty, there are plenty of funny moments thrown in. But it accurately captures the tremendous stress of poverty, and the difference little things can make in keeping someone from being able to succeed; like not having money to cover rent, or not being able to dress appropriately for a job interview. The story is not a typical story of overcoming poverty because the main character has the advantage of being extremely determined; which in a way can be inspiring to anyone. Most of all this movie is about one man's determination to be a good father. Pursuit of Happyness is the perfect choice if you want to see a movie that captures the real spirit of the holidays.