The main character and his fate are not the fruit of someone’s fantasy. In 2006, an autobiographical book of the same name was published. It was written by Chris Gardner, a successful entrepreneur, philanthropist and motivational speaker. In his memoirs, he told the story of his life, showing all the stages of the formation of himself as a person, starting from childhood. His father went to prison, his mother plowed three jobs to feed her children. At home, Chris was regularly beaten by his drunken stepfather, who beat not only him, but also his mother. His uncle died, his mother soon ended up in prison, and he did not know his father. Chris grew up in a dysfunctional environment, and until the age of twenty-eight was interrupted by odd jobs. In the book, he told not only about a difficult childhood, but also shared his story of success. His life changed overnight. The film «The Pursuit of Happiness» is dedicated to this period.
The Declaration of Independence says that all people are created equal and have inalienable rights: life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness. And if everything is clear with the first values, then what kind of happiness should a person strive for? What is happiness? After all, each of us understands this feeling in his own way. What does it take to be happy?
The protagonist, Christopher Gardner (Will Smith), tried to answer this question. He lives in San Francisco, in a small apartment, with his wife and son. Although, he rather survives than truly lives. The debts for the apartment are growing, the relationship with his wife is destroyed, there is no work. He is always experiencing setbacks and disappointments in himself. Everything falls out of his hands. Like any main character, he has weaknesses that must be overcome by the end of the film. Chris is a loser who has become nothing. The only thing he wants is financial well-being. Lack of money and a miserable existence make him think for a long time about his future. He is sure that it is the security that will allow him to feel the taste of life, freedom and moral satisfaction. It is on these postulates that the basic idea of history is built.
At first glance, you might think that the film is promoting the «rat race» — the desire to constantly work. This is an attempt by the filmmakers to inspire people through the screen that they must go to work and work hard for the good of the state. But this is not true. This story is about a specific person and his personal pain. You should not project onto yourself someone else’s biography and try on the values of another person to yourself. Chris Gardner sees happiness in money, it is in them that his personal American dream. From childhood he was deprived of any excesses. He grew up in total poverty and did not want his child to repeat the same fate. These desires form the strongest motivation of the character, which makes him go through difficulties. At the same time, the hero’s goal moves the storyline forward, giving it meaning.
The plot picks up steam when Chris meets a well-dressed man driving a red Ferrari. He asks him only two questions: where does he work and how to get there? The stranger turned out to be a broker. He said that this job does not require special education. Chris is fired up with this idea, because in school he was very good at solving math problems. He has a goal — to become a broker. He gets an internship at a brokerage company.
When the hero has a goal, a good screenwriter will definitely throw him a serious obstacle, and such that will give rise to doubts and fears in the character. The internship turned out to be unpaid and lasts six months. There are no guarantees of employment, because at the end of 20 candidates, only one will get the job. Chris has a five-year-old son in his arms, they have nowhere to live. What will he do?
«The Pursuit of Happiness» can be called a sentimental drama. You should definitely watch such films if you think that everything is bad in your life. This story is about the power of the human spirit and determination. “Set a goal — achieve it,” the main character said to his son. This is how you can characterize the actions of Chris throughout the picture. Most people give up already at the beginning of the journey, because they do not have a clear answer to the question: “Why all this? Why am I doing this? » Lack of purpose leads a huge number of people astray. Only the most stubborn people who are ready to work without sparing themselves reach the end. The film makes it clear what a person is capable of if he believes in himself and sets a clear goal for himself. This film will be very relevant for those who are at a crossroads and do not know how to live on. And it doesn’t matter what everyone’s goal is, whether it’s getting a job, the desire to become an athlete, a writer or a dancer. At the heart of all these aspirations should be the question: «why am I doing this?» The main character answered this question for himself.
I would also like to note the unsurpassed performance of Will Smith. He proved again that he is a dramatic actor. His acting is so heartfelt and, on the other hand, simple that at some point you stop seeing the famous actor and no longer perceive him as such. Before you is an ordinary inhabitant of an American city and his gray life b. By the way, the role of the five-year-old son was played by the real son of the actor Jayden Smith.
«The Pursuit of Happyness» is one of those films that you don’t want to criticize. After all, everything is worthy in it: directing, camera work, soundtrack and acting. But its greatest strength is the story based on real events. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that the final success does not come overnight in the form of a gift with a ribbon. It is earned by hard work.