Power Rankings: Will Smith Movies

5 Jul


Wrote a satirical post yesterday for TDdaily about Will Smith and Will Smith and Independence Day and Independence Day. What I mean is that apparently Will Smith the football player was born on July 4th, which means his birthday is on Independence Day, which is also probably my favorite Will Smith movie, and a movie that I’ve watched I would guess something like 50 times in my life. So yeah, this news/discovery excited me and was something I decided to have some fun with. Check it out.

Writing that post also got me thinking about Will Smith’s career and the movies he’s made. Do you realize what his first four films were? Bad Boys, Independence Day, Men in Black and Enemy of the State. To me, that’s going 4 for 4 with like two homers and two doubles. Since Enemy of the State, though, well, not so good. Seven Pounds, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Wild Wild West, just to name a few of the flops. Anyway, I thought this would be as good an excuse as any to power rank Will Smith’s movies. After all, aren’t we all always looking for excuses to power rank things. Power rankings are awesome!

One caveat: I have never seen “Ali.” I’m embarrassed to admit this, and realize that it’s kind of dumb to power rank Will Smith movies if I haven’t seen one of, if not his best one. But I’m still going to do it. You can just slot “Ali” in wherever you like. Also, I’m sure I’ve left some other ones movies off this list, but I don’t feel like ranking 20 films.

1. Men in Black I: A brilliant concept with brilliant execution. Great acting. Hilarious. Still makes me laugh.

2. Enemy of the State: The perfect thriller and, apparently, had a plot that was wayyy ahead of it’s time, and a lot more realistic than we realized.

3. Independence Day: The alien invasion movie is hard to pull off, though I’m always a sucker for it. This movie pulled it off, and Smith and Goldblum make great “buddy cops.”

4. The Pursuit of Happyness: A “real” movie, and one that, while maybe tries a little too hard, certainly makes you think about your life and feel this man’s struggle and pain.

5. Hitch: Lots of good laughs, and the perfect date movie. Something for men and women.

6. Bad Boys: Stupid? Yes. Incredibly entertaining? Absolutely! Cool chase scenes and some good laughs.

7. Men in Black III: Really saved the franchise after II almost ruined it. I like the plot twist at the end that tied everything together.

8. I am Legend: This is the part on the list where I think the rails start to come off. This movie is a 70 on Rotten Tomatoes—I don’t see how that’s possible. Thought this was dumb and boring.

9. I, Robot: This movie is the definition of “bleh.” It’s nothing. Not bad, not good. Just nothing.

10-12. Bad Boys II/Men in Black II/Wild Wild West: As far an I’m concerned these are all the same movies. Some OK action, maybe a laugh or two, bust mostly just large piles of dung.

13. Hancock: Made no sense. Is it a superhero movie? An action movie? A romantic comedy? And how the hell is there a sequel coming out?!? America is dumb.

14. Seven Pounds: Never have I been so angry when leaving a theater. Perhaps the worst movie I’ve ever paid for. It’s like Will Smith thought he was making this brilliant After School Special on why texting and driving is bad. Uch.

15. After Earth: What moron decided to green light this joke? And who told Will Smith that speaking in a weird accent would be a good idea. Feeahhrrr is not realh. Dahgnerr is areall. Feeahhrrr is an opshhion. The only good part about this movie is that I think it’s the one where America came to the decision that we will no longer pay to see Will Smith movies just because they’re Will Smith movies. It’s on him to now step up his game.


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