Will Smith

Concussion Review

The movie follows a pathologist, Dr. Bennet Omalu, portrayed by Will Smith, who investigates the deaths of former professional football players, trying to find the cause of death and any connection that it might have to suffering repeated concussions.

Will Smith reminds everyone why he is considered one of the best in the business, he does exceptionally well, without having a particularly good script. Everything good in the movie involves him, giving a great performance full of charisma. Albert Brooks gives this movie another breathing line, however only for a limited amount of time. Lastly Alec Baldwin does a solid job, but as usual he is cast in yet another generic role.

Peter Landesman decides halfway through, to stray away from telling the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu and focuses on the bigger picture. That could have been a good thing, however in this case it ends up hurting the development of the main character, which by the end of the film feels unfinished, and with Will Smith being the great actor that he is, that was a very bad call.

It’s not something that we haven’t seen before, one man, disliked by his peers, takes on “the world”, we’ve experienced that many times. That being the case, the film doesn’t do enough to get us invested in the people that it introduces. It doesn’t spend the time that would allow the viewer to believe they are real human beings and not actors, enable us to empathise with them and feel their pain and terror. In what is supposed to be dramatic movie, that is its biggest downfall.

6.5/10

Movie Review-Focus

Focus is a con movie and it’s at its best when it’s trying to con you into believing you know what is going to happen. The plot unfolds at a steady pace and you are left guessing what is going to follow. There are many twists and it’s hard to keep up, as you would expect.

The regular cons work best in the first half, when the movie is more fun and entertaining rather than serious and meaningful. During the second half of the movie the plot deepens and works around character development. That’s when Will Smith and Margot Robbie come to life, they are at their best when they are given more to work with and they keep the movie interesting. However the movie gets caught juggling too many cons which by the end of the movie may feel just a bit flat; but still make for an unexpected and enjoyable finale.

Credit to the directors as well. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa did a good job showing the importance of FOCUS for con artists in keeping the camera Focused at the right place. The way they shot the movie really complimented their story. Very enjoyable movie, definitely worth watching, even if that’s just to catch another glimpse of Will Smith back in action, with a solid performance.

6.5/10