Weekend at the Movies: After Earth and The Hangover III

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Movie Madness: My crtiques of After Earth and The Hangover III

Weekend at the Movies: After Earth and the Hangover III

Although After Earth was neither written nor directed by Will Smith, it was co- produced by him. It was also based on an original story idea by him. As we already know, it stars the real-life father and son team of Mr. Smith and his son Jaden Smith.

Set in a post-apocalyptic future in which humans have evacuated a now uninhabitable Earth for a distant planet, After Earth is essentially a two-character set piece. When their spacecraft crash-lands on Earth, General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) and his son Kitai (Jaden Smith) must navigate 100 kilometers of treacherous terrain filled with carnivorous beasts, to locate the electronic distress beacon that will save them.
The bad news is that General Raige was seriously injured in the crash, and Kitai is a young, impulsive and untested kid who feels the need to prove himself to his father.

On suspenseful moment is when Kitai accidentally loses communication with his father, which forces him to continue the journey on his own without his father’s guidance. The movie thrills by showing the multitude of creatures that Kitai interacts with, and how Earth has changed dramatically.

Since Will Smith was injured for most of the film, it seems as if his motive was to watch his son shine. Despite this, Jaden’s acting skills throughout this film prove that he still needs more guidance to match his father’s stamina and prowess. However, with more practice, he will certainly improve over time.


The Hangover Part III follows the infamous group of friends known as the "Wolfpack" through another crazy journey. This time, Bradley Cooper (the charismatic teacher Phil), Ed Helms (the always nervous dentist Stu), Justin Bartha, (the ever absent Doug), and Zach Galifianakis (quick-witted misfit Alan), as they try to get Alan the help he needs after facing a personal crisis, This modest task, eventually leads into an eventful adventure.

The first Hangover left you with an exhilarating rush. All that Part III leaves is anticipation. Despite this, there were a few smiles.

My first smile happened after the boys have a run-in with a gangster (John Goodman) and his flunkies. Let’s just say that Mr. Goodman’s character in this film is quite different from his Dan Connor days on his popular sitcom Roseanne. Soon, they found themselves back in Vegas, where The Hangover earned its place in history as the one of the most successful R-rated comedies in history.

The second smile was the presence of crazed mobster Mr. Chow, and the series of incidents involving him that follow. The third smile was when baby Grant aka “Carlos” makes a cameo. The fourth smile occurred towards the end, when Alan finally finds his own place in life. Although the Hangover III, was not the box office hit that we all expected, it was a decent way to end the trilogy.

After Earth and The Hangover III is in theaters now.


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author avatar Ashly E. Smith
8th Jun 2013 (#)

In the very last paragraph, "is" should be "are". My apologies for that everyone :-)

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author avatar philpalm
8th Jun 2013 (#)

The Producer is usually the person who funds a movie. Since Jaden is his son, maybe there was a bit of hands off in directing.

If the movie is not a success who gets the blame for the failure? Yep the director. Then again is failing worse than losing money? Will Smith does have a lot of money and if this movie is a failure, then it is the Director's fault.

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author avatar Ashly E. Smith
8th Jun 2013 (#)

Phil, You've made some valid points. Of course its senseless to blame an actor for a movie's mishaps when they were only doing what they were told. Its just that the previews made it seem more exciting than it actually was. I won't spoil it for those who have not seen it, but it was just ok for me.

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