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Friday, January 6, 2017

Collateral Beauty: Movie Review

By: Matt Suzara

Howard (Will Smith) runs a successful advertising agency but his life crashes with the sudden death of his six year-old daughter. Still shocked and grieving with a lot of pain, Howard refuses to talk to anyone and spends most of his time writing letters to Death, Love and Time. His business partners, worries about the current state of their company hired three actors to impersonate the abstractions hoping to swing a vote and make Howard to look mentally unstable. Can this experiment benefit everyone and help a depressed man and finally move on?

When I first saw the trailer, I was immediately intrigued with the story and excited at the same time as the movie consists of talented actors joining in one screen but also puzzled with the disappointing grade it got from the critics abroad. When I finally had the chance to see the film in a special preview, I had mixed perspective with the entire thing.

It has a sappy theme but apparently the film can't seem to get an instant connection to its viewers. I can see the drama happening in the story but can't really feel the emotion needed for me to get a handkerchief out of my pocket. As for the cast, they really did a great job portraying their roles, especially Will Smith offering an emotional performance while the ever reliable Helen Mirren stole the spotlight. Other casts also made their presence felt with Keira Knightley, Edward Norton, Kate Winslet leading the charge for the ensemble of stars. 

Overall, Collateral Beauty features a star-studded cast with an intriguing and appealing story. However, it fails to hit the right notes to deliver the authenticity of the heartbreaking material.    

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 7 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Will Smith, Hellen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Edwar Norton

Directed by: David Frankel
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures PH
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide  



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