A sentimental and manipulative New York fairytale starring Will Smith and Helen Mirren
The title of this cloying, grown-up fairytale set in New York sounds like it's been taken from a random generator for naming perfumes. "'Collateral Beauty', you say? But I still have half a bottle left of 'Incidental Harmony'."
A whimsical contemporary drama with a streak of over-polite tragedy, the film has something of Dickens's 'A Christmas Carol' about it. Will Smith plays grieving businessman and once brilliant ad man Howard, who is visited by three spirit types: Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley and Jacob Latimore playing smalltime theatre actors hired by his colleagues to pretend to be Death, Love and Time for Howard's benefit. Can they collectively nudge him to a new level of self-knowledge?
At the very least, these spirits might help Howard's business partners – played by Kate Winslet, Michael Peña and Edward Norton – to prove once and for all that their unhappy friend is unfit to run a company. They want to sell up, cash in and sort out their own personal issues (a desire for a child; illness; trying to be a good father). Understandably, Smith is more concerned with the young daughter he and his ex wife recently lost to illness than selling shares. Although, strangely, the movie seems to pitch both at the same level of importance. The only sign of life in Howard comes from a burgeoning friendship with a fellow bereaved parent played by the ever-reliable Naomie Harris.
Reaching out for heartwarming and teary alternative Christmas movie status, director David Frankel ('The Devil Wears Prada', 'Marley and Me') has assembled a game and sparky big-name cast, and he makes the most of a stream of attractive wintry Manhattan and Brooklyn locations. But it's just impossible to get past the core ridiculousness and arm-twisting manipulation of the story.
|Release date:||Monday December 26 2016|
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Remember when everybody said that "Gods of Egypt" and "Independence Day: Resurgence" are the worst movies of 2016. Well, along comes this turd.
When I saw the trailer for "Collateral Beauty", I thought it's going to be a modern day "A Christmas Carol". I mean, it looked like it could be an emotional movie, despite looking Oscar bait. It's not until I saw the movie and the actual plot.
Here the real plot: A successful New York advertising (Will Smith) executive suffers a great tragedy, he retreats from life. He goes to work and builds elaborate Domino sets then watches them collapse while he refuses to communicate with other people. His co-workers react to this by hiring actors to pretend to be Death, Love and Time so they can film him talking to them then editing them out the video so it looks like he's mentally unstable to be a shareholder.
Yes, that's the actual plot to the movie and it's awful. No wonder the trailer false advert this, because who would want to see this.
How the hell did this get made? And why are there so many big name actors involved? I think this and "Nine Lives" are the biggest WTF movies of 2016. I just can't get my head around this. These Oscar winners & nominees agreed to be in this?
"Collateral Beauty" isn't just the worse movie of 2016, but of the 21st century. What a cruel, heartless, boring, Oscar bait trash of a film. It's the worse kind of Oscar bait, as it ticks all the boxes for the purpose of earning nominations for Academy Award.
What's worse is that title of the movie "Collateral Beauty" is literally said six times in the movie, but yet, I have no idea what it's suppose to mean. And frankly, I don't give a damn.
This is once again another Will Smith Oscar bait movie. There was "Seven Pounds", "Concussion", and now "Collateral Beauty". If I have to pick this or "Suicide Squad", for his worse movie yet, this easily takes the cake. Smith himself isn't really the leading man, but neither supporting.
At least the rest of the actors are actually trying, as the performance in this are not bad. But that's the only "good" thing I can say about this.
Overall rating: This movie can go fuck itself.
I couldn't get into a preview of La La Land and settled for this rather than go home. People, if you are in the same, stricken situation as I (as first-world a tragedy as the ones the toe-curlingly awful middle-class types in this movie are going through), miss this and go home. Still, it looks good and the cast is to be enjoyed, even when they are off form. For more from me: bit.ly/CollateralBeautyFilm