'Collateral Beauty' - Movie Review
With a line-up of celebrated actors, one would have expected a humdinger of an impact from this movie. Unfortunately, this probable Oscar bait doesn't quite work up to scratch. For starters, the title is a misnomer. The makers explain the logic behind it, but it just doesn’t work
Director: David Frankel
Cast: Edward Norton, Jacob Latimore, Will Smith, Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet
With a line-up of celebrated actors, one would have expected a humdinger of an impact from this movie. Unfortunately, this probable Oscar bait doesn’t quite work up to scratch. For starters, the title is a misnomer. The makers explain the logic behind it, but it just doesn’t work.
Howard (Will Smith), once a brilliant, witty, dreamer-boss of a wildly imaginative and impracticable looking New York ad agency, is now a broken, grief stricken, unreachable depressive because of the loss of a child. His longtime business partner (Edwad Norton), and compassionate colleagues (Kate Winslet, Michael Pena) try to get him out of that funk, but to no avail.
Howard has since been taking risks which could certify him suicidal. His company is fast spiraling down the shoot and there’s an impending takeover on the cuff. Meanwhile, Howard has been writing angry letters to death, time and love. So, with time fast running out, his friends hire an acting troupe to play these three principles and help him vent frustrations with their response to his letters and ghost-like personal visits.
The film has an interesting idea, but the way the feints are played out, you will feel suckered. There are far too many damaged people around and the methods employed for cure appear unethical and impractical. The script doesn’t manage to get one emotionally involved. The performers are the saving grace, though.
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