Monday, June 3, 2013

The Six Dumbest Criticisms of <I>After Earth</I>

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After Earth Will Smith Jaden Smith M. Night Shyamalan
5. "The twist to M. Night Shyamalan's After Earth is that there is no twist, unless you count every ounce of personality being drained from Will Smith… the elder Smith is terminally, atypically pensive…"
Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times

To be fair, Persall's criticism is a stand-in for about three dozen reviews complaining about how restrained and serious and un-charming Smith is in this movie. I haven't gone back and read all of these critics' reviews of past Smith vehicles, so let's just assume that none of them have ever complained about how Smith is too jocular, quippy, or lightweight in his usual summer blockbusters, and overly dependent on his charismatic movie-star persona. Surely none of them would mercilessly criticize him for doing the exact opposite of what they criticized in years past, right?

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