The Call


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I can’t believe this movie was released in 2013.  I still remember seeing the preview and thinking how good this movie will be.  I put the movie on the To see list and even considered seeing it in theatres.  Life, money and time got in the way and this one managed to slip through the cracks.  I saw it pop up on Netflix a few times, but never took the time.

The Call stars Halle Berry who plays a 911 operator.  Definitely something that you don’t think about, those people on the other side of the line.  They have to deal with so many traumatic phone calls every day all day.  The emotional toll it must take on every single one of them must be immense.  Shout out to them.  Berry plays Jordan, a 911 operator who happened to be on the phone during an incident that has shaken her to the core.  No longer able to handle the stress of the “hive” and the direct calls, Jordan begins teaching new recruits.  When one of the newer employees is unable to handle the call, Jordan must step in and relive the horrors she experienced before when a teenage girl (Abigail Breslin) calls from within the trunk of a car reporting her own kidnapping.

The Call just so happens to be on Netflix now which gives many of you little to no excuses for not being able to see this movie if you haven’t already.  As I predicted back in 2013, this is one of those movies that should be on your TO see list and frankly I am shocked I haven’t heard more about this movie since then.  The Call is so INTENSE I was on the edge of my seat with my heart leaping out of my chest even further.  I am actually surprised that I did not have a complete heart attack while watching this.

The Call is a must see movie and I highly suggest you set aside whatever it is you are binge watching right now and take the time to watch this.  Be warned, if you have any heart issues you may want to steer clear of this one.

The Dressmaker


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Based on the novel of the same name by Rosalie Ham comes a revenge comedy like nothing you would have expected.

In the dead of night, a mysterious figure arrives in the small town of Dungatar set in the 1950’s in the Australia outback.  We discover that the mysterious figure is a woman named Myrtle Dunnage, a successful dressmaker who now goes by the name of Tilly (played by Kate Winslet).  Tilly has arrived in the small town with only a bag and her sewing machine to discover that her mother is still alive and living in deplorable conditions.  Known as Mad Molly (Judy Davis), she refuses to believe this stranger is who she says she is and it doesn’t take long before the whole town knows that Tilly is back.

Tilly’s past is shrouded in mystery and she has come back looking for answers, answers that all the towns people seem to have.  Piecing together the fragments of her past, Tilly stitches together the most beautiful gowns creating masterpieces for the women to wear to win them over.  There is something about makeovers that instantly wins me over, and nothing is more exciting than to see middle of nowhere country bumpkins going from plain floral frocks to couture gowns against the rough western backdrop.

In this deviously hilarious comedy, a small town where the devils themselves may be wearing Prada-like creations, comes one of those hidden gem films that everyone needs to see and I am truly shocked that I have never heard or seen anyone else raving about this film.  Kate Winslet shines in her role as Tilly, but each character in the town is so distinct and unique that the film boasts an entire town of memorable characters that come together to create this unique and enjoyable film.  The focus and wasted potential is often lost on the minor characters when the spotlight is always shinning on the main characters.  There is something about a story that invests in all the characters that gives it so much more depth reminiscent to that of the beloved stories from Roald Dahl.  You know the story has this quality when you can remember each character even with only a few seconds of mention.  While the character of Mad Molly is sad when looking at her full story from start to finish, Judy Davis brings so much comedy to the film that you can’t help but adore her.  You also know you are bound to visually cater to the audience when you bring a Hemsworth into the mix with  Liam Hemsworth playing the role of Teddy McSwiney, our small town hunky heartthrob and knight in shinning armour.

The Dressmaker is a wonderfully crafted story with memorable characters, great laughs and just the right amount of bite to it.  I truly enjoyed the movie so much that I am eager to also read the novel and perhaps one day add both the film and the book to my library collections.

The Danish Girl



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Though I had just finished the disappointing read of The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff, I did not let that deter me from looking forward to the film starring Eddie Redmayne as Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe.  Einar Wegener was a famous Danish painter who underwent one of the first gender reassignment surgeries in history.  Einar had undergone surgeries and legally became Lili Elbe, though later died due to complications of one of her final surgeries.

If you read my book review you know I did not care for the story and had issue with how the story unraveled.  In one respect I was pleased to see that the film version took liberties and changed much of the story, specifically that of Greta.  Greta’s story is greatly cut back letting the real story of Einar take the lead which is what we wanted to begin with.  With only a few minutes of the film gone by I was already beginning to bristle and wonder what was going on.  The story written by David Eberschoff portrayed the relationship between Einar and Greta as rather non-sexual with Greta being the more aggressive figure and really pushing the character of Lili onto Einar.  The true story behind the characters gives more of the impression of two friends who marry and live a free artistic party life.  One could consider that perhaps Gerda was bisexual or a lesbian and knew of Einar’s potential transgender qualities, and the same said of Einar.  The film version creates an even more confusing portrayal of a man and woman who are happily married, in love and very sexual.  Einar goes from being your average charming husband, to cross dressing homosexual and lastly, perhaps very little, into the true transgender form.  Greta really pushed the character of Lili onto Einar in the novel version, while in the film version Greta is adamantly opposed to Einar’s interest in woman’s clothing, and ultimately men, and the change to Lili.  In the end she seems to come to terms with who her husband truly is, while exploring her relationship with another man, only it is too late.  Lili dies from complications of her surgeries which was a more obvious in your face and visual death in comparison to the novel.  This scene may have been the only real emotion in the entire film, but even then it withered swiftly.  I imagine it would have been slightly more clear to me had I read the novel, but listening to the audiobook we were simply there with Lili in Dresden for her surgery, then suddenly we were escaping out into the park with two relatively minor characters, there is a mention of a scarf, the two characters run away and suddenly the story is over.  I knew that Lili had died of complications from surgeries so could only assume this was some sort of poetic way to end Lili’s life and the story.

Eddie Redmayne is a rather strange individual to begin with, but he is endearing in both roles as Einar and Lili which is perhaps the only saving grace in the film.  Alicia Vikander’s portrayal of Gerda Wegener, while talented and beautiful, shows her to be the victim in this tale of a woman whose vile husband goes parading around in women’s clothing, skulking around in dark corners with other men and destroying their relationship and their marriage by being selfish and ultimately putting the final nails in the coffin by embarrassing her by becoming a woman then going and dying.  This portrayal couldn’t be further from the truth but very much borderlines on a hypocritical religious ranters version of a victimized woman abandoned by her sinful husband.  Yet another confusing depiction between novel, film and real life that leaves us scratching our heads and wondering where one penis begins and another vagina ends.

In the end I am neither pleased with the book or the film version of the story.  Both are conflicting and confusing and don’t really paint a clear picture of either Einar/Lili or Greta/Gerda and seriously lack passion and emotion.  I feel as though there was a vast amount of potential lost on both characters and sad that it had to end the way that it did.

Warm Bodies


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Warm Bodies is a zombie romantic comedy, which I’m sure were a series of words you wouldn’t have thought you would see together.  Our zombie romeo is called “R” because he knows his name started with an R but he can’t quite remember exactly what it was.  To help move things along, R (played by Nicholas Hoult) helps to narrate to get us up to speed until things that to progress and change in the movie and the narration isn’t needed as much.  R lives at the airport with a lot of other zombies.  He spends his days shuffling along and searching for brains and trinkets.  A new concept I’ve never heard before is introduced in the film with the zombie experiencing flashes of memories from the brains that they eat.  The more brains they consume, the more memories they acquire.

Julie Grigio (Teresa Palmer) is part of a group of civilians living in Chicago.  After the zombie outbreak eight years ago, her father (John Malkovich) stepped into a leadership role and helped with the creation of an enormous wall to surround the inner city.  Something that seems rather relevant today.  Julie and a group of others leave the protected walls in search of medical supplies from a nearby facility.  It’s here that Julie and her friends run into a group of zombies, including R.  While the zombies fight for their pound of flesh and the group fight for their lives, R is attacked by Julie’s boyfriend Perry Kelvin (Dave Franco) but R takes his down before he can kill R.  By eating Perry’s brain he is able to access his memories of Julie as well as other useful information that can be used.  With the help of his own bodily fluids, R masks Julie’s scent and brings her back to the airport and to a plane he has turned into his home.  Julie discovers that not all zombies are mindless corpses and that there may be a way back from death after all.

The film is ridiculous which is to be expected with the genre of a zombie romantic comedy.   R’s character experiences the same awkward situations any young guy would run into with a girl, only he has the added awkward of being…well…dead and potential threat to her brains.  His interactions with Julie as well as his zombie friend M (Rod Corddy) from the airport create a lot of unexpected comic relief in small bursts throughout the film.  While the zombies may seem like the worst enemy here, they have created a sub category called bones, which are zombies who have sunk to a level of no return.  These are the little things that make the film different and sets itself apart from other zombie movies.  Warm Bodies is a fun escape for any zombie fan and nothing to be taken too seriously.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Live Action (2017)


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I have been waiting for this moment ever since the word got out that they would be doing a live action remake of my all time favourite movie.  When it comes to the Disney classics it is hard to find someone who didn’t like the 1991 animated film.  If by chance you did not like the movie, please accept my condolences because you are now dead to me.

The original introduction to the animated film was an afterthought, but turned out to be one of the most iconic moments from the film.  The stained class scenes portraying the young and arrogant prince who casts away a begger woman seeking shelter from the storm.  She warns him that you should not judge things by their appearance before transforming into a beautiful enchantress.  The enchantress places a curse upon the Beast and all those who live at the castle.  In addition to this, she puts a spell on the inhabitants of the village to wipe their memories of the castle, once more providing explanation to some questions many people have had of the animated film.  The Beast must learn to love, but also to be loved in return before the last petal falls.

Belle (Emma Watson) is not your average Disney princess.  She did not dream of finding a prince and living happily every after.  Belle seeks adventure and exploration, knowledge and truth all lead by her genuine and caring heart.  She is someone that if existed today, everyone would hate because she would be so perfect that being in her presence would make you pale in comparison.  Perhaps this is what happened in the poor provincial town of Villeneuve.  This little tidbit is one piece of information that many may not have known, indeed, the town has a name.  In addition to be a strange and funny girl, the film expands on Belle as a person.  We get a deeper glimpse into her character showing more of her headstrong bravery and not caring what others think of her.  Taking after her father, she also is learned and has her own knack for inventing things.  While in the original film, Belle’s father was an inventor, in the live action film he makes exquisite miniature music boxes.  Something common in Disney films due to the loss of Walt Disney’s own mother, Belle’s mother is not existent in the animated film and is never mentioned.  The live action film expands on Belle’s past allowing a glimpse into Belle’s mother and her desire to know who she was.  We also get a glimpse at a beautiful little baby rattle of Belle’s that is topped with a red rose.  Just one of the many objects from the film that I am dying to own.  Belle’s father, Maurice (Kevin Kline) sets off one day to deliver one of his music boxes, but is lost in the woods.  When he is attacked by a pack of wolves he is forced to take shelter in a strange and remote castle.  It becomes evident that there is something very strange about the castle and quickly escapes.  Upon leaving the castle he happens upon some roses at odds with the mysterious winter landscape in the middle of June.  Remembering Belle’s desire that he bring her back a rose, he plucks one, only to be attacked by the Beast and thrown into the dungeon for being a thief.  When her father’s horse appears at home distraught and missing both the wagon and her father, Belle sets off where she finds her father locked away in this mysterious castle.  Making a trade for her life, Belle discovers that she has sentences herself to live imprisonment with a Beast.

Emma Watson is basically a real life Disney princess come to live.  Having grown up in one of the most magical and forever spellbinding series, Harry Potter, Watson has been able to break through the barriers of being known for her one role and truly becoming one of the greater young actresses comparable to some of the leading ladies of Hollywood.

Gaston (Luke Evans) is the towns hero but little is known of him.  He was essentially just a good-looking man with no real career but to hunt and be admired.  Here we learn that Gaston is a war hero once again adding depth to the characters of the film which is done from start to finish.  Though he doesn’t have anything in common with Belle, her lack of interest in him causes her to be all that more attractive to him and he makes it his mission to make her his wife.  Trailed by his sidekick LeFou (Josh Gad), Gaston is willing to do whatever it takes to have Belle for his own.  The character of LeFou has received unnecessary controversy to the directors choice to make LeFou gay.  Living in the shadow of the most handsome guy in town, LeFou drops hints regarding his affections for our arrogant mans man.  LeFou’s sexual orientation is not truly the issue, but the fact that adults are faced with the uncomfortable situation where they have to try to explain to their child who does not discriminate why they are such a horrible person.  Once again this is an added depth to another character, each time adding life to the story and distinguishing it from the animated story.

I really followed the creation of the live action Beauty and the Beast through the social media of Luke Evans.  Evans is an openly gay actor and at first I struggled with the fact that he was cast as Gaston.  How was I going to watch a movie of an actor I love playing a character we are supposed to hate?

The Beast (Dan Stevens) is one of the most changed characters of the remake, creating a life-like man-beast who is educated, strong headed and strong tempered.  As we get a glimpse into Belle’s past and of her mother, we are also shown a bit of the Beast’s past with the loss of his mother and the implication that his cruelty and arrogance was learned from his father.  While Steven’s voice is every present in the character of Beast his human form is first introduced to us beneath a wig, elaborate clothing and makeup for a ball.  He is then quickly changed into the Beast only appearing in his human form with no extravagances in the very end.  You can’t help but stare at the man during any interviews while trying to connect him to the Beast whose face you have come to know to the man it feels you know so little about.

The staff of the castle and the enchanted objects are some of the most memorable characters from the animated film and hosts many of our favourite characters.

Lumiere (Ewan McGregor) was bouteiller to the Beast and transformed into a candelabra.  More complex than the animated version and given more of the appearance of man.  The change in appearance was done beautifully, though I can’t help but miss the dripping candlesticks over the golden man.

Cogsworth (Ian McKellen) was the Beasts majordomo and transformed into a mantel clock with an immense amount of detail throughout his body.  There are war embellishments along the frontal piece which speaks to his character.  Though talkative, it is Lumiere that tends to outshine Cogsworth.

Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson) was the head of the kitchen in the castle and transformed into a teapot.  While it takes some getting use to not having her spout as her nose and her face being situated on the side of the pot instead, she is still executed beautifully.  The age of Mrs. Potts is questionable in the animated film due to the fact that she has a very young son named Chip, but when she busts out Tale As Old As Time, we can’t help but swoon over her.

Chip (Nathan Mack) is one of everyones favourite and memorable characters from the original animated film.  The live action version creates a chip that is charming with a small touch of nostalgia but ultimately a relatively minor character with less of a part in the film both in teacup and human form.  This creates a disconnect that makes it difficult to associate the human Chip with the teacup boy that comes so easily with the other enchanted objects.

Plumette (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) was a maid in the castle who was transformed into a feather duster.  Much more elegant than her animated counterpart, Plumette gives the appearance of a beautifully carved feather duster in the shape of a peacock.  Though associated with the main cast of the animated film, she was still a minor character, and plays a much more central role in the live action film.

Madame de Garderobe (Audra McDonald) is memorable from the animated film, though she appears less than the other characters due to her size and harder to explain why a large armour would be crashing around the castle.  While one would assume she was a lady in waiting or something to do with dressing the royal family, the film has created a larger story for her character.  Madame de Garderobe is an opera singer and is married to one of the stories new characters Cadenza.

Maestro Cadenza (Stanley Tucci) was a celebrated court composer before he was transformed into a harpsichord.  Alone in the ballroom while his wife is left to stay in the bedroom, Cadenza plays music for his wife in the hopes to keep her spirits up and to keep her awake.  The mention of keeping Madame de Garderobe awake opens up a new reality when it comes to the fate of the enchanted objects.  While young and naive when watching the animated film, we assume that when they say they will be trapped as the objects forever, there is a finality that is missing.  We picture animated candlesticks, clocks and teapots haunting a castle for eternity.  The live action film introduces this finality to the objects, assuming that Madame de Garderobe is one of the least used objects in the house she tends to fall asleep often, each day solidifying her fate as an armour.  This is further expressed in comments by Lumiere for his stiff metal body parts, and Cogsworths gears and internal workings.

While the coatrack does make a few appearances in the animated film, they have chosen to keep the coatrack as an enchanted object, though one that does not speak.

The towns people having had their memories wiped of the castle by the enchantress also creates a sense of mystery and a connection to the castle that is a magical addition to when the curse is lifted and their memories return.  This is just another example as to how these perfectly crafted layers added to the live action film have filled in gaps and breathe a new live to the magical story of our youth.  There are further connections between the town and the castle though I feel this little bit of information is best left as a surprise.

While there are many changes to scenes, characters and events between the animated and live action film, they are done so perfectly that it is difficult to truly have any complaints about the film.  The additions set the film apart while fleshing out the story and drawing us drawing us deeper into 18th century France and the magical tale of how a beautiful and headstrong young girl fell in love with a Beast and broke a curse placed upon not only a castle and it’s inhabitants, but an entire village.

I do want to take a quick moment and talk about Belle’s clothes.  I have to say that I was distracted by her everyday apparel at first being different from the animated simplicity.  Though the outfit was more historically accurate I am sure, when Belle enters the castle I am certain we all had the same thought that it looked as though the back of her dress was tucked into her underwear.  As for the iconic golden dress, when Watson came out I have to admit I was slightly underwhelmed and very distracted by the way the folds of fabric hung at her side.  This is quickly forgotten after watching the dance scene and every other scene afterward while she is wearing the gown because the way the dress moves with all the layers is so beautiful.  I suppose while I am on the topic of complaints I’d like to bring up the magic mirror.  We all loved that little silver mirror with its electric green sparks and while the elaborate curling gold is more suitable for the film, I can’t help but think that they could have used a little less gold scroll work and a little more mirror.  The actual looking glass of the mirror is very small in comparison to the size of the mirror and much of the outer rim of the looking glass is actually covered in frost making it very difficult to see anything at all.  I am sad that Chip’s scenes were changes, but for how the scenes played out it wouldn’t have made sense to have included him in anything after Belle leaving the castle.  Lastly I have to say I am a bit sad to see the “crazy old Maurice” scene gone instead opting for a stranger alternative, but once again all things play out to better fit the story.  With those out of the way, moving on to better things.

My heart was completely enraptured by the live action story from start to finish.  The scenery was so beautiful and even more so by experiencing the film in IMAX 3D.  I have seen other films in theatres in 3D, but I have to say that these experiences grossly pale in comparison to the 3D of IMAX, though I do feel old when I say, Do they have to make them so loud?  The immense amount of detail that you get to witness in every object is stunning, but it also engages the audience in the film in a different way.  There were many things that were so realistic and starling that there were times when you would look to the person next to you and realize they felt the same experience with the same ripple effect throughout the theatre.  It was a very strange experience that stopped me in time for a moment and really felt the audience engaged in the film and connected to each other knowing the people next to you are experiencing the same thing completely setting it apart from any other 3D experience I have had before.

This live action remake is setting the bar extremely high when it comes to any other Disney classic remake, but I also feel like Beauty and the Beast had more pressure.  While we are willing to accept the changes and the portrayal of the remakes such as Cinderella and the Jungle Book,  Beauty and the Beast has such a strong following that the smallest of changes could upset the entire balance of the film. Though I had faith that the live action film would do justice to my beloved Beauty and the Beast I am truly blown away by how perfect the execution was with very little to complain about.   The finality of the fate of the enchanted objects and the layers woven to create such depth to all these characters really made this film an absolute wonder and hard to keep from shedding a tear.  I look forward to the release of the film to be able to experience the adventure for years to come.



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I hate to say what everyone is thinking but is not saying out loud, but before the Oscars had you ever even heard of the movie Moonlight?  Though I haven’t seen the contender, La La Land, either at least that one I had heard of.  My love of conspiracy theories and tales of things that just aren’t there make me think that something was truly amiss when it came to this award, but that is in the past.

Moonlight is a host to many firsts including the film being the first to have an all black cast and the first LGBT film to win the Best Picture Award at the Oscars, with the editor, Joi McMillon, to be the first black woman to be nominated for an editing Oscar and Mahershala Ali to become the first Muslim to win an acting Oscar.  With all the firsts, the buzz and the Oscar embarrassment, Moonlight is popping up on everyones list of movies to see if they haven’t already.

The film is broken into three chapters or periods following the character of Chiron.  In the first chapter “Little” Chiron’s nickname (Alex Hibbert) for his size and his quiet tendencies that make him easy prey to bullies.  Though not visible to the audience, it is shared that many of the children tease Chiron of being gay with the fact reinforced by a comment made by his own mother (played by the talented Naomie Harris).  With bullies chasing him during the day and the demons of his mothers drug habit haunting him during the nights, Little attaches to Juan (Mahershala Ali) a comforting and accepting male figure.  Juan is no saint though despite taking to Little, helping him learn to swim and giving him a place to escape, Juan is a known drug dealer.  Juan’s girlfriend Teresa (played by the beautiful Janelle Monae) helps to create a second home for Little that he will need for years to come.

The second chapter “Chiron”, Chiron (Ashton Sanders) grows out of his Little nickname though not much has changed in his life.  Escaping the dark times of his childhood, he has no respite while entering the confusing and dangerous teens.  With bullies even more aggressive and violent in his teen years, Chiron struggles to cope while also trying to understand his own feelings and emotions when he experiences his first sexual encounter, let alone his first with someone of the same sex.

The third and final chapter is “Black” with Chiron going by the name Black (Trevante Rhodes) now seen as an adult.  Black has moved away from Liberty City, Miami to escape his past, but now finds himself in Atlanta as a drug dealer.  Though his past has changed him, he is still very much the same boy he always was.  When someone from his past calls him he doesn’t hesitate going back to where it all began and finding himself in the one place he tried so hard to escape.

There are many layers to the film bringing all three stages of Chiron’s life with the struggle of poverty, addiction, sexuality and just the general struggle of growing up while trying to find yourself.  Though the entire cast was well chosen and played their roles well, I can’t help but focus on Chiron in all three stages.  The actors who played each role were able to represent such a vast spread of years and life lived within those years while keeping many similarities amongst the three.  The signature head and eyes down demeanour of Chiron follows through each chapter causing these little flickers of recognition for the audience that help to connect to Chiron and feel like you have followed him through his whole journey.  I also can’t help but point out how extremely good looking Chiron becomes in chapter three played by Trevante Rhodes.

Though I am rarely a fan of films that receive so much critical acclaim, after watching Moonlight you can’t help but agree with the verdict.  There are many films that I have seen that I have adored that have not won the Oscar for Best Picture and I can’t say I understand how they choose their winners for Oscars, but I can say that Moonlight deserves the praise that it has been receiving and if you haven’t given into the buzz it may be time to find out what you have been missing.

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.