Video Review: Joyner Lucas “Will”

Joyner Lucas, wearing a neon green striped shirt and purple shorts, walks to a green screen and sits on a throne. He sits in as the throne turns in a remake of the theme of the 1990 television show, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” He flexes his muscles and walks into an episode. Phil (James Avery) listens to his son, Carlton (Alfonso Riberio) sing while Vivian (Janet Hubert) sits at the table.

At another green screen, a crew member puts a pair of sunglasses on him. As Mike Lowery, He points two guns while an explosion from the 1995 film, “Bad Boys“. A second assistant puts a suit jacket on him and he folds his hands in prayer as he walks. As Agent J from the 1997 film, “Men In Black“, he stands he holds up his neuraylzer. He points to himself and takes off his sunglasses while an explosion occurs near a saloon in the 1999 film, “Wild Wild West.”

In another green screen, he points a gun at a robot as Del Spooner in the 2004 film, “I Robot.” A makeup artist paints yellow on his face while he’s Oscar from the 2004 film, “Shark Tale.” Two makeup artists trim his sideburns while he’s Chris Gardner, holding his son’s hand in the sidewalk from the 2006 film, “The Pursuit of Happyness.” Wearing a brown leather jacket, he pets his dog, as Robert Neville from the 2007 film, “I Am Legend.” As Dr. Bennett Omalu, he sits in a stadium, watching a football game in the 2015 film, “Concussion.” He continues to rap as the Genie from the 2019 film, “Aladdin.”

Crew members move chairs and cameras as Lucas, wearing a sweatshirt and sweatpants, walks to his dressing room. He looks in the mirror and sees Will Smith. Smith says, “You don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say ‘I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been built.’ You don’t start there. You say, ‘I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid. You do that every single day. And soon you have a wall,” which he said on the Charlie Rose show.

A message on the screen reads, “thank you for helping me build my wall. Sincerely, Joyner Lucas.”

Rating: 5/5

Joyner Lucas hopes to be in movies one day. It would be a dream. However, like his favorite rapper/actor, Will Smith said, he has to take it one day at a time. Smith started out as a rapper and then got his own show. Lucas was inspired by Smith and studied his career trajectory. Smith had some failures but he was able to recover every time. If something wasn’t working out, Smith changed course.

Lucas has tries to capitalize on every moment. However, as he becomes far more well-known, he wanted to pay tribute to Smith and let him know his work meant something to him. Smith offered to be involved. While on the set, Joyner asked him questions and talked with him. Smith told him he could contact him anytime he wanted.

Smith was who he had hoped he would be. Meeting him was an honor. Although he kept his dreams realistic, he believed he could accomplish what he wanted and have a long career. In his study, he reads a script and discards. It was with a major director. He wanted to start small and work his way up.

Directors: Ben Proulx & Joyner Lucas Year: 2020

Pam Avoledo Administrator
Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit & 45 Magazine.