I do believe that Mr Smith was coveting Mr Oscar when he agreed to play the lead in this pull at the heart strings drama centered around one man's desperate struggle to make something of a future for him and his infant son, wonderfully played by Will Smith Jnr.
It's a valiant attemp too, as Will Smith has never been better, you will warm to him instantly and it's evidence that the superstar can pull off the everyman role as well as he does the more macho roles. Gone are the witty comebacks and arrogant swagger as Will plays this role straight and true showing he can master the subtleties of his craft.
This movie is never lacking in heart and despite some slight feelings of lag towards the end of act 2 it pulls off a triumphant if short final act that can bring tears of joy, you just wish it lasted longer.
Sony have granted this movie a 2:40 framed 1080 transfer of the highest quality too. Very natural looking with great detail and sharpness.
Sony never seem to worry about leaving the filmic grain in tact which is why the object detail is so impressive, this studio are fast becoming the best at Blu-ray transfers.
Colours are strong with natural looking skin tones and great skin textures and detail. I did not detect any edge enhancement, artifacting or compression issues either.
The movie is fairly new so obviously the master is in great condition so you will not see any flecks, scratches or damage at all.
Not quite reference quality but extremely good none the less.
All in all a stellar package, very good movie with a very true and natural transfer.