Movie Review – “Collateral Beauty”

Dissecting the complexity of grief, the year’s most star-studded ensemble follows the life-changing circumstances and aftermath of one Howard Inlet (Will Smith).  This underrated film explores the role that death, love and time play in our daily lives and how they intertwine.  A fresh storyline and unusual plot lure viewers into this tightly-crafted, yet uplifting, journey. 

From the director of 2006’s “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Marley & Me” (2008), the movie quickly moves between emotions without missing a step.  The Hall of Fame cast consists of Smith, Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Naomie Harris (“Moonlight”) and Michael Pena. While each character only has modest screen time, all of these top-shelf actors and actresses bring their “A-game”. 

Director David Frankel deserves praise for bringing up the difficult subject of grief and handling it in such a powerful and realistic manner.

Grade: A

“Collateral Beauty” is rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong language.  Its running time is 1 hour and 34 minutes.

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