Movie: Collateral Beauty
Direction: David Frankel
Cast: Will Smith, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, Michael Peña, Naomie Harris, Jacob Latimore, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren
Music: Theodore Shapiro
Cinematographer: Maryse Alberti
Editor: Andrew Marcus
What is it about: It’s a drama where a man tries to cope up with his daughter’s death by writing letters to Time, Death and Love. It is directed by David Frankel.
Why it’s disappointing: This film was too predictable few minutes in to it. All I could say is the film had a simple notion and could have been done by decent upcoming cast, who would have performed it better than the ensemble cast. It was not required for a cast of this calibre, and it seemed like makers roped in them to sell the film.
The tagline reads “We All Are Connected”, yes we do. But the film fails to connect to the audience, as its sole purpose was emotions to wrench your heart. It hardly manages to do so.
Talents like Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet and Edward Norton were wasted.
What to watch out for: The saving grace of the film was Will Smith, who tried to carry this off on his shoulder to an extent, not beyond that. And there was Jacob Latimore as Time/Raffi, who did a noticeable performance.
The cinematography was good by Maryse Alberti which was crisply edited by Andrew Marcus.
Verdict: David Frankel, couldn’t hold the emotional ground strong on this one. Which loses the sole purpose of the film, and moreover quite predictable making you lose interest. If you can give it a miss, but can watch once for few moments which in fact manages to hold your attention.