This was the first Smith’s movie that I ever watched in a movie theater. It was the summer of 2003, in a small movie theater in Canarsie, Brooklyn. I was with my sisters. It’s a funny action movie. And the combination between Smith and Martin Lawrence is awesome. Not to mention, that scene after Lawrence’s character finds out that his sister is on his way to Cuba. You must love that scene. Unfortunately though, this movie has the lowest rating on this list.
2.-The Pursuit of Happyness
This movie is based on the life of Chris Gardner. Two scenes in that movie are some of the most motivational scenes ever. The first is when Smith’s character tells his son to follow his dream. The second one is when his character gets the job at the very end of the movie. To me this is Smith’s best performance ever. And he should have won the Oscar for it.
So I was rehearsing for my first film, J-12. And then a friend of the DP was there, and she said, “You guys remind me so much of Hitch.” Referring to Catherine Pena and me. Hitch is a feel good romantic comedy that I have watched too many times to count. It’s set in my favorite city, NYC. It also stars the lovely and beautiful Eva Mendes, whom I admire. It has an average sixty percent on reviews. Which makes me wonder? What else do these people expect? But me, I just can’t wait to watch it again.
Just like Hitch, this is another feel good movie that I have watched probably more than I should have. I mean can you blame me? The wardrobe styling in that movie is my kind of fashion. It's also set in different cities, and I love to travel. Oh, did I mention the sexy relationship between Smith’s character and Margot Robbie’s? And though, Smith plays sort of the bad guy. You want him to win because he’s so clever.
Many would argue that this is Smith’s best performance. I would definitely say that it’s among the top three. A biopic about the life of sports legend Muhammad Ali, it mainly focuses on controversies between 1964 and 1974. I love the soundtrack at the end.
Smith pairs up with one of my of my favorites Martin Lawrence for a comedic action movie. It’s hard to not sit and watch this when it’s on TV. This is the first Smith’s movie that I have ever seen. And it’s definitely one of my favorites.
“Today, we celebrate our independence day.” Man, that speech was well delivered. This is the only movie on this list that Smith doesn’t necessarily play the lead, as it is more about an ensemble cast. However, this movie is among my Top fifteen favorite movies of all time.
7- Seven Pounds
Let me just start by saying that on this list, this movie has my favorite trailer, and most definitely one of my top 5 favorite trailers ever. It follows the story of a character that loses his family in a car accident while he’s driving due to his negligence. Now, he decides that his life is not worth living. However he wants to do something good for seven strangers before he dies.
This film has yet another good performance by Smith. A lot of people have beef with Smith’s accent in the movie, saying it’s not an authentic Nigerian accent. What most of them don’t realize is that Dr Bennet Omalu the character whom Smith is playing doesn’t have a thick Nigerian accent either. Perhaps, it’s because of all the studies that he’s done in different places. It’s also hard for a lot of Americans to digest the fact that playing football can be linked to CTE.
Imagine being in the middle of times square with probably thousands of fans screaming, “Fresh Prince, Fresh Prince”. Well that was my experience one spring night in 2008 as I was working on the set of Hancock. It was the first time that I ever got to see Will Smith in Person, man I would never forget that night. Hancock is by far the only movie where Will Smith plays a super hero - A very clumsy and careless one but still.