I didnt see any review thread so I decided to make one, even though its probably a little late. Anyway, the movie has its premiere today and the Swedish papers has reviewed it.
"It was a long time ago Will Smith was the Fresh Prince. With age he has grown up and in the apparent Oscar flirt "the Pursuit of Happyness" - which is based on a true story - he gets to use his most serious register".
"The Pursuit of Happyness" wants a lot. And in its strife to touch your feelings it has got something little, little creamy in it. But the powerful thing is that you buy it. Because this is the ultimate story about the American dream. And it goes straight into the heart. Maybe because its a little, little creamy".
"The Pursuit of Happyness", which is based on a real story starting in 1981, is tear draping, creamy and ingratiating. The dirty things never get really dirty. Life is fine after all. Even when you live it on the shadow side. Money is also nice. Especially if you got much. And you want much."
"Left on the streets wandering around, the other homeless people who he no longer has to fight against for a bed. It is a part of the capitalism. Gardner counts his money and doesnt seem to care about the people on the street any longer. Will Smith? Oh yes. He got his charm, humour and a soul that feels real, in a movie that doesnt."
Dagens Nyheter 3/5
"This should be an easy movie to understand. A daddy alone with his son meets big troubles and much poorness, never stops dreaming and finally reaches the top. A feelgood-tribute to the American dream. But this creamy big studio production manages to tell us more about poorness than many socially concious (spelling?) stories."
"The Italian director Gabriel Muccino has told the producers that only an European could truly understand the American dream. He may be right. This movie focuses on the dreaming and the fight, not the happiness itself. "
"The more he fights, the lower he gets. Because in the USA there are no margins. The lack of dollars and sometimes cents makes him fall on the the last step over and over again, and he needs to start over on a lower point. It does not feel good. It is painful to see, actually. The writer and the director uses all the sides of the poorness with dramaturgical brillians, while Will Smith's moderate acting and soft movements makes the energies and the sentimentaly rate high until the excitement almost gets unbearable."
"The victory, the success, is reduced to a minimum. It is just the start of a relief. Before it has really sunk in that the hell is over. It is a strange, anachronic 30's movie put into Reagans eighties, with roots in a poor European past. Probably a little too real for the Americans and a little too capitalistic for the Europeans, but the energy it creates is impressiv."
Svenska Dagbladet 3/5
"When the end credits starts you have a tiny feeling that you have been exposed to some kind of propaganda. But sure, this is a real crier and you is drawn with it. Will Smith is good, and Chris junior is played by his own son. The nice chemistry between them infects the whole movie (in a good way)."