Collateral Beauty


Picture Courtesy of Warner Brothers Pictures

My prediction based on the December 2016 release put this movie in the TO see category:

“A very deep story reminiscent to that of a Christmas Carol at the perfect time of year starring Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Michael Pena, Naomie Harris, Keira Knightley and Kate Winslet.  Frankly, I would be shocked to find out that this was not a good movie.”

Howard Inlet (Will Smith) is a successful advertising executive at the company he created. He is motivational and inspirational to his team and depicted as the leader that holds everything together.  After delivering a talk to his team to show these qualities of his, the scene pans forward into the future where Howard is a ghost of his former self.  After the death of his daughter Howard has become depressed and a recluse, rarely eating, speaking, or engaging with others.  Howard’s team headed by Whit Yardshaw (Edward Norton), Claire Wilson (Kate Winslet) and Simon Scott (Michael Pena), have done all they can to keep the company running.  As the threat of losing some of their biggest clients and the company going into ruin, the trio must think of a way to bring Howard back to save the company and their own well being.

Howard has taken to a different form of personal therapy.  Some people write letters to other people, Howard has written letters to other things.  Death, Time and Love.  With the help of Whit, Claire and Simon, Death, Time and Love leap off the pages of his letters in a desperate attempt to bring Howard back before it is too late.

Collateral Beauty is about seeing the beauty in all things, even in the most difficult situations.  The cast put on a great performance with Will Smith in the lead struggling through the devastating experience of losing a child.  While his friends/co-workers expect to help Howard with his own troubles, they each battle their own unexpected battles with Death, Time and Love.  The movie was not exactly how I expected things to play out.  The concept is deep and moving and I loved each member of the cast and their characters though the battles that each character was trying to work through became rushed and resolved in a very band-aid fix.  Things wrap up in a very emotional climax that leave you on a bit of a high and forgetting any of the negative things you may have been thinking about the film.

Collateral Beauty lived up to my expectations of being a TO see movie, though there was just a touch missing, perhaps in the additional character battles, that could have given the film that final oomph to make it that much more.


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