As I said, a lot of people in the world who will never frequent boards like this, view things like Men In Black and Independence Day (fuck, even I Am Legend and Hancock) as bigger classics than many Best Picture Oscar winners. These films don't make Best Ever Movie Lists or whatever, but people still watch them and introduce their kids to them.
We don't take that into account enough (though I try to) and dismiss those people as tasteless and unimportant. Which is myopic. But that is how someone like Jerry Lewis stays far more remembered than Frederic March.
But isn't the fact your main point of reference are two films from over 20 years ago part of the issue here? He turned down The Matrix and Django Unchained to do Wild Wild West and After Earth. I won't blame him as much for the former because a lot of people don't turned that down. But Django Unchained simply because he didn't get to shoot Leo or whatever his dumb reason was... just an indefensible error in judgment. That's a film that has both populist and auteur appeal... something not a single film in his filmography has.
I could easily have said Aladdin, which is only a year old. That thing just made over a billion dollars, audiences loved it and Disney will make sure that thing plays forever. Smith is now the Genie to millions of children and they'll grow up adoring him for that role.
Won't win any awards, won't land on any Best Ever Movie lists, and won't be considered a "classic" on places like this, but it's family fodder that will play like gangbusters for years and years to a mainstream family audience.
To the audience Smith most cares about, he'll likely be strongly and fondly remembered forever.
I always liken Will Smith and Angelina Jolie. Powerful dramatic actors with massive star appeal to boot, but they will both likely end up with forgettable careers because they were more interested in their images and box-office/paychecks than they were with putting together a memorable body of work.
I can definitely see that. I think Smith will still be remembered for the heights he was able to hit in music, television, and film unlike Jolie who will likely be more remembered for her personal life unless she starts to really turn things around with her filmography.
I also feel like maybe Smith might be trying to turn things around with King Richard whereas I don’t think Jolie particularly cares that much.
To be fair, Jolie also has Those Who Wish Me Dead coming up.
Post by iheartamyadams on May 29, 2020 4:50:30 GMT
Anyway, I really like Will Smith, always have. I just hate that he has so much dramatic potential and it’s always wasted on failed awards bait. Pursuit of Happiness is probably still his best drama and that wasn’t even great.