Howdy ladies and gents time for a quick film review and no it’s not relating to a new film, mainly because I haven’t seen any as of recent, no today I’m going to be talking about Six Degrees of Separation. As a big fan of Will Smith I have heard on numerous occasions that this was the film that made people take him seriously as an actor after his introduction to the world as a comedic presence in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Now this is a film I have been meaning to see for years, but just haven’t found the time to watch it, however, after a night out last week Monday I decided to watch it the day afer and I wanted to give my thoughts on it.
The story can be described as the following:
“An affluent New York couple find their lives touched, intruded upon, and compelled by a mysterious young black man who is never quite who he says he is.”
The annoying thing about this film is that there is no simple way to talk about it, there are so many layers to the story and even when you try to summarise it, there are so many details that you could be leaving out. I found it intriguing how one person could enter the lives of so many people, charm them, be disruptive and then leave, it is so strange and yet so engaging when you see the affected parties treat their individual situations. At first the film confused me because of the quick cut nature of the editing between scenes when dealing with the non-linear nature of the plot, but after a while you adjust to the film’s style and it really becomes fun to watch. I love the way this film looks at human interaction through family, friends, social circles and even strangers and through certain events you could be connected. For me, I just found the overall story and its themes very fascinating and informative, so much so that I just had to look it up online and find out more information about it. It has been a very long time since a film has stayed in my head so strongly after my viewing and left me was so many questions that needed answering.
As for the cast they are all wonderful. Stockard Channing as Ouisa Kittredge was fabulous. Channing acts with such passion, force and humour, I like how her character has a very specific perspective on life, however after Paul comes into play, things start to gradually change and its interesting to see how she reacts to people and Paul in the latter half of the film. Donald Sutherland as Flan Kittredge was great, it is interesting to see him playing a humourous, worrisome, aggressive and yet sophisticated individual who has a sense of pride and see how he changes once Paul comes into play. The biggest revelation was Will Smith as Paul. Smith has always engaged viewers with his charm, charisma and wit, and he brings that into this film, but here Smith also offers deeper and darker emotions that I hadn’t seen from him before, as Paul he was funny and warm, but he was also deceptive, mysterious, a little creepy and vulnerable. Some of the monologues Paul talks about are so engaging that you could honestly just spend time discussing those segments alone because of the subject matter and how well Smith commits to them. The rest of the cast was good but the only other people I recalled from the film were Ian McKellen as Geoffrey Miller who was delightful, Heather Graham who was really good as Elizabeth, Eric Thal as Rick, and a young J. J. Abrams who appeared as Doug and gave a really good performance in his role and has one of the most memorable scenes involving a certain funny phone conversation. 😛
In conclusion Six Degrees of Separation is a really interesting, humourous and thought-provoking film that has an insightful and lovely narrative and features some really great performances from the main cast members. I wish I could do the film more justice in this review, but I don’t think I have the best analytical skills or comprehensive knowledge of the english language to talk about it in a fancy way. Best that I can do is to tell you to view the film for yourself, it is a really good watch and will definitely leave you thinking after it ends.
So have you seen Six Degrees of Separation and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to comment below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀