I’m very disappointed, to say the least. I was expecting something better from Will Smith, even though people had been selflessly telling me that it is a waste of time, ever since it appeared on big screen. But my stubborn side waited for the DVD and last night I finally saw it for myself.
It’s hard to believe that in the creation of After Earth, they needed two screenwriters. In my imagination, when two people are working together on a project, the final result should be of some quality, or at least better than the work of one person. After Earth appears to be the product of a single man (or woman)’s brain. A person without storytelling skills. I wonder how Will Smith’s story sounds like. I bet it’s just as confusing and full of plot holes. After Earth also feels like a kitsch family movie. Produced by the parents, story written by the father, father and son playing the main characters… Just like the saying “You don’t do business with family”. this should have been a clue that the final result will be a disaster.
Also, when you make a movie where only two characters are taking 90% of the screen time and the plot focuses only on their personal drama, you should make sure that they can act. In my opinion, the acting could save a lacking script. That’s why I enjoyed Wrecked so much. In that movie, there’s only one character played by the brilliant Adrien Brody and even though there was almost no dialogue, his brilliant acting, glued me to the screen. For his role in After Earth, Jaden Smith should win a Razzie. And his father too, since we’re on the subject. Hard to imagine that Will Smith could act so badly. And their father-son collaboration should’ve stopped after The Pursuit of Happyness, when the couple was in full glory.
Watching it felt uncomfortable. An unsuccessful attempt of Will Smith to make his son more popular. I didn’t care for the characters drama but there were two scenes that touched me and in the same time made me mad, both showing dead birds. I’m against animal cruelty and they had no place in this movie, because they seemed to be randomly put there to make the viewer feel something. Without these scenes, After Earth is just dull and bland.
Over 100 million dollars wasted on something that could have been better if they changed the director, the screenwriter and the leading actors.