Movie Review: Collateral Beauty

“The movie wasn’t bad. It actually tugged at my gullible side so I walked out satisfied.”

I walked into this movie with a little bit of negativity feedback on my mind. Not many people are either not interested nor happy with this movie. I didn’t hear too much news about it but I heard enough that this is not an Oscar contender. Sometimes hearing a review can affect your perception of a film. Probably go in with low expectations taking some of the pressure of the movie off. I went in with that kind of attitude.


The news I heard was mostly correct. It’s not an Oscar contender. The movie didn’t have too much of something brought to the table to leave us with a “WOW” feeling. It didn’t live up to the expectation having such an amazing cast involved. I did want more in the end. I think there was a lot of potential missing from this film. With the plot involving a man named Howard(Will Smith) who runs a company and plays mentor, friend, and inspiring person to his employees, suffers a horrible tragedy losing his daughter. His way of coping is to write literal letters to Time, Love, and Death to explain his heartache in a therapeutic way. All of a sudden, he is visited by them all in the form of Jacob Latimore, Keira Knightley, and Helen Mirren. Through these encounters he learns that even in tragedy there is beauty.


Helen Mirren(Death), Keira Knightley(Love),Jacob Latimore(Time)

I thought the roles of Time, Love, and Death were cast very well. They were the best parts of the movie. Helen Mirren especially with her New York grunge look was great. Latimore I would like to see more in films. He was entertaining to watch. It was unfortunate that even though they were in the movie quite a bit, there wasn’t much of that interaction between Will Smith’s character Howard. In fact, Will Smith sort of took a back seat in this movie as the film centered a lot on his costars Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, and Michael Peña who are all dealing with their own problems in life. You also have the beautiful Naomie Harris as the leader of a support group who have all lost a loved one, specifically a child. She was a great supporting factor to the movie. I enjoyed her scenes as well.

Overall the movie felt a little rushed. With the average time of 1 hour and 37 minutes, there wasn’t much time to cram so many stories lines and give them all a chance to shine. Our climatic moment in the film towards the end just kind of happens and you feel a little bit robbed of a big moment. However, the movie did manage to pull a fast one on me. There were moments when I noticed so many plot holes and had so many questions of why this is happen and how could this be. Then most of those plot holes were explained and I stood correct.

This movie is not a must see and probably not worth seeing it on the big screen. Although, I don’t think that you will feel like you wasted your time watching it at all. It does deal with death and how to deal with it. This film could appeal to any parent out there who love their kids unconditionally. Also anyone who are big fans of the cast will enjoy what they see. The movie came with a couple of laughable moments. So the movie isn’t just one big sad story. There is a little bit of a predictability in there as well. Collateral Beauty kept my attention the whole time but they could have done so much more with it. The movie wasn’t bad. It actually tugged at my gullible side so I walked out satisfied.

3 out of 5



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