Collateral Beauty

Collateral Beauty

DVD - 2017
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Retreating from life after a tragedy, a man questions the universe by writing to Love, Time and Death. Receiving unexpected answers, he begins to see how these things interlock and how even loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.


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Jan 02, 2019

One of Will Smith's better movies. I believe Will did an excellent job in acting the part of a depressed father who is barely keeping his mind together never mind his life because of the death of his daughter. His good nature also affects Will to come to terms with his daughter being gone. The part I did not like was the ending when the movie hinted that the three people where actually angels and not just actors and actresses.

Dec 12, 2018

A new Will Smith movie? Why haven't I heard of it? -- you may be thinking. For good reason, believe me. Some have compared it to It's a Wonderful Life, if it had a confusing, poorly written and painfully contrived story. There is a "twist" near the end that will make you roll your eyes, and another one earlier on that will make you go "huh?" Smith's charisma doesn't carry it through, either. His character is dull and deadened from beginning to end. However, there is a star-studded cast, who I am convinced lost a bar bet.

Dec 12, 2018

A great cast and a great story. Well written and had me in tears and this film lingered long after watching it. Touching story of how people are affected by a death of a loved one.
The extras had some value with interviews of the director/writer, and cast members talking about what it was like working together and on this film.
Although a tough subject to make a film about, it did so well, by mixing some lightness along with the darkness, around Christmas time in New York.

Nov 26, 2018

I was disappointed. Didn't work for me; too contrived.

Nov 10, 2018

Grief and the stages of it. Fabulous movie. Intelligent, thought provoking, tender. Well worth the watch.

Sep 20, 2018

This dramatic romance movie stars Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet, Edward Norton, and many more, giving the movie a very impressive cast. This movie is about a very successful advertising executive who has recently felt a great loss in his life, and begins to retreat until he decides to write to Love, Time, and Death. As he writes, he learns more about others and begins to realize that things aren’t as grim as they seem. Although this movie had a pretty serious storyline, things felt too loose at times and the actors all seemed to lack critical chemistry. What could have been a great movie was ruined by rushed scenes and a lack of care by the director. I would rate this movie 2/5 stars. @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Jun 22, 2018

This is what cinema was made for. Plot, pacing, acting, all the details very good. Covers universal and timeless themes in powerful and deeply moving ways. Please view this if you haven't.

Apr 18, 2018

There's a couple of nice twists at the end - one I was expecting but the other was a total surprise and quite exquisite.

Will Smith is a great actor, and Collateral Beauty has an interesting premise, but I struggled to be interested in the film. I couldn't tell if Will Smith acted like he didn't care, or he really did not care.

Jan 27, 2018

i wasnt expecting much, but i ended up thinking it was amazing.. the acting and writing were PHENOMENAL!
thank you so much Seattle Library--i would never have seen this without you.

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Sep 05, 2017

Plenty of quotes at IMBd except this one near opening of film:

Advertising is about illuminating how our products and services will improve people's lives. Now, how do we do that? Love. Time. Death. Now these three abstractions
connect every single human being on Earth. Everything that we covet, everything that we fear not having, everything that we ultimately end up buying is because at the end of the day we long for love, we wish we had more time, and we fear death.
Best quote:
Howard: I've heard all of your platitudes. I got them, I know. "She's in a better place." And, "This is all a part of a master plan." Heard that one, too. Here's my favorite. "God looked down and saw the most beautiful rose, so beautiful that he picked it to have it in Heaven all for Himself." Then there's the science, biocentrism, and we're all living and dying in infinite universes all at the same time. And then the religion, ...


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