"Retreating from life after a tragedy, a man questions the universe by writing to Love, Time and Death. Receiving unexpected answers, he begins to see how these things interlock and how even loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty."
Movie type: Drama - While Will Smith plays the focal character, this sentimental comedy- drama is an ensemble piece with an all-star cast. Fans of all of the name stars such as Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley, Naomie Harris, and Michael Pena will have plenty to enjoy. The film as a whole is a lot more grounded and not as fantastical as the trailers suggest. Some language and dark adult subject matter make the film not for young kids.
Director: David Frankel
Script: Allan Loeb
Starring: Howard Inlet - Will Smith, Aimee Moore - Keira Knightley, Claire - Kate Winslet, Whit Yardsham - Edward Norton
Length: 1 hr. 37 min.
Roger Ebert: “Below Average I don't think I've witnessed a film this year that managed to so completely and utterly collapse into crass garbage in its last few minutes while abusing what little goodwill it has. Sort of the way a shaky line of dominoes can tumble down in a flash.”
USA Today: “Below Average ...an unseasonably cynical assault on the holiday spirit. Even in a mostly charmless role, Smith's natural magnetism comes through... ...the film never finds a glimmer of originality. The only true surprise it has is in the finale, which manages a modicum of weepy satisfaction.”
NY Post: “Poor The Will Smith weepie "Collateral Beautyâ couldn't be more calculated and manipulative if it slapped you on the back, shoved a giant lollipop into your mouth and immediately tried to sell you a time share in Tampa.”
Slant Magazine: “Very Poor ...Collateral Beauty doesn't genuflect before the power of miracles (as advertised). It argues that they can be manufactured by those who can fund them.”