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Collateral Beauty
最美的安排

Opening Date
05 Jan 2017
Rating
PG13 Brief Coarse Language
少许粗俗语言
Runtime
97 mins
Language
English with Chinese subtitles
Genre
Drama
Director
David Frankel
Cast
Will Smith, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, Michael Peña, Naomie Harris, Jacob Latimore, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren
Synopsis
When a successful New York advertising executive (Smith) experiences a deep personal tragedy and retreats from life entirely, his colleagues devise a drastic plan to force him to confront his grief in a surprising and profoundly human way.
Reviews
By Yian Lu  05 Jan 2017
A deep and potentially enlightening movie, Collateral Beauty explores how life intertwines with Love, Time and Death, and how a person cannot live without either one aspect.
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In the words of Howard (Will Smith), Love, Time and Death connect every single human being on Earth. “We long for love, we wish we have more time and we fear death.” Collateral Beauty speaks of the grief Howard is going through after losing his 6-year-old daughter, how he feels that Love has betrayed him; Time does not heal all wounds; and Death simply took away his beloved child.

The Good
Grief is a tricky feeling to deal with. Some people handle it better with support from friends and family. Some just hang at the end of the rope with all hope lost. For Howard, his life crumbled after he lost his daughter, much like the domino effect — a figurative device employed in the movie. One little push and all the structures start breaking down. It does not stop until everything is destroyed. Or you manually put a stop to it.

After realising Howard is writing letters to Love, Time and Death, his friends and business partners, Whit (Edward Norton), Claire (Kate Winslet) and Simon (Michael Peña), hired actors to personify Love, Time and Death to confront him about the letters. But what is interesting about Collateral Beauty is that, while Howard lost his hope in life, it also shows that Whit, Claire and Simon are each going through something in their lives as well. Whit deals with Love — his daughter hates him for cheating on her mother and causing the divorce. Claire deals with Time — she tries to make up for time lost on building the company and neglecting her personal life by looking for sperm donors so that she can be a mother. Simon deals with Death — he is battling with cancer that got stronger each time after he recovered, except this time it is untreatable. The three of them quite literally embody the line, “We long for love, we wish we have more time and we fear death.”

The movie ended with a couple of twists that would make you reflect on the little hints dropped in the scenes before. This is something that would spark conversations and generate discussions.

The Bad
While the concept of the movie is refreshing, the storytelling could do a lot better. The story does not flow smoothly as the focus jumps from character to character in the attempt to touch on each aspect: Love / Whit, Time / Claire and Death / Simon.

The idea of “Collateral Beauty” also did not come out strong and is rather difficult to conceive. The movie could have been an eye-opener but a pity, it did not hit the spot.

And The Summary
A deep and potentially enlightening movie, Collateral Beauty explores how life intertwines with Love, Time and Death, and how a person cannot live without either one aspect.
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