Movie Review – Collateral Beauty

Collateral Beauty

Collateral Beauty
Directed by David Frankel
2016
available on Amazon Prime
A wealthy New York Ad Exec, Howard, (Will Smith) has a mental breakdown following a family tragedy. He writes a series of three letters, addressed to “Love,” “Time,” and “Death” – then mails them. Ultimately the letters are found in the mailbox and his co-workers, in an attempt to fix the problems that are created due to his new found delirium, devise a plan to trick him into believing his incompetence.

That all said, it really is a sweet movie with a sweet message. The movie is very Hollywood – it has big name actors (Will Smith, Kate Winslet, Edward Norton), fabulous camera work, the right setting (from the ad companies NYC high-rise office to central park to Howard’s apartment), a formulaic script, and a large budget ($36 million). That makes it an easy to watch, feel-good movie. Will Smith demonstrates what a phenomenal actor he is, because you truly believe that he is in the middle of a nervous breakdown as he works through his grief and contemplates the real meaning of life. The plot twist is not in-your-face predictible. The motivation of Howard’s co-workers is understood (if not always agreeable). And let me just say the word DOMINOES.

IMDB gave it a 6.8 out of 10. I give it an 8.

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