Monday, July 3, 2017

Collateral Beauty (2016)

Director: David Frankel. Cast: Will Smith, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, Michael Peña, Naomie Harris, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren. 97 min. Rated PG-13. Drama.

The death of a child. Probably the most crushing event a human being can experience. You have movies like Rabbit Hole or The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, which make good use of it to tell a good story, and there are ones like this, which make good abuse of it to tell a shamefully sentimental story, where every character is a psychoanalyst, and ends with not just one, but two nonsensical twist endings. And when you see so many great actors in such a movie, you realize even movie stars sometimes say: Hey man, I gotta make a living too.

PS: I was forced to watch this on a transatlantic flight. Nothing better to watch or do.

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