Meet Joe Black by Frederic P. Miller
Meet Joe Black is a American romantic fantasy film directed and produced by Martin Brest, and starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, and Claire Forlani. Meet Joe Black” is a movie about a rich man trying to negotiate the terms As both the young man in the coffee shop and as “Joe Black” (the Rated PG For An Accident Scene, Some Sexuality and Brief Strong Language. Meet Joe Black movie reviews & Metacritic score: Bill Parrish (Hopkins) has it all - - success, wealth, and power. Days before his Rating: PG Runtime:
While Brest appears to have purposefully paced the film to elicit that near hypnotic effect and such shortening could have hampered that, the film clearly would have benefitted from another trip or two to the editing booth.
Other complaints are more superficial and a byproduct of my personal desire for good films like this to be even better. Beyond the film's length, character motivation occasionally appears misguided or missing.
While Hopkins plays his tycoon character's reaction as something along the lines of dazed acceptance, I kept waiting for him to take a proactive role regarding his pending fate. As such, one would imagine that his wealthy and fabulously successful tycoon character would surely have something up his sleeve to try to "fix" things.
After all, and considering that he must have a lifetime of dealing with formidable business opponents, Parrish would certainly present Death a counteroffer or business proposition to overcome this latest setback.
While Brest and Hopkins obviously chose to allow his character to go gently into the night in a dignified fashion that few other than Hopkins could muster, most will probably wish he had at least put up a little fight before doing so.
Additionally, and while granted he can't tell anyone about their deal or Death will immediately whisk him away, Parrish, like the film in general, never seems in a great hurry to put his life in order, wrap up loose ends, or make sure his daughters will be okay after he's gone. While some of that eventually materializes in its own good time, such near leisurely reaction may irritate some, but again that's the approach the filmmakers have decided to take.
Parrish also too easily buys into the fact that Joe is Death -- again accounting that he's a savvy and experienced businessman who would need greater proof -- and he doesn't realistically go through the stages associated with learning such news -- denial, anger, etc Again, they're going for dignity here, and that, coupled with the film's fantasy-like approach, somewhat makes those problems easier to swallow.
Even so, the writers could have honed the script a bit more to remedy such faults. They definitely left out one of the more "fun" elements of Death taking a holiday, and that, of course, pertains to the fact that no one around the world would be dying during this period. Although a sick woman in a hospital immediately recognizes Joe for whom he really is, and begs him to ease her pain, the film misses its opportunity to play off this notion. Since Susan works at a hospital and Parrish owns a media empire -- both of which would inquisitively report on why no one was dying anymore -- the film never addresses that interesting part of the overall premise.
Despite such objections -- and in particular, the length -- our preview audience seemed to love the film and it should play well, particularly to female moviegoers.
The chemistry among the leads is impeccable and completely believable. The initial encounter between Susan and Joe before he's Death warmed over is brimming with romantic sparks, and despite that man's death and Joe Black's subsequent aloofness, the chemistry slowly but surely rebuilds between the two.
Accompanied by a great, hauntingly sentimental score by past Oscar nominee Thomas Newman "The Shawshank Redemption and a luscious production design courtesy of fellow Oscar nominee Dante Ferretti "Interview With The Vampire"the film looks and sounds great. Although it doesn't offer the "It's A Wonderful Life" style lessons, and doesn't hit the obligatory emotional notes until late in the film, it's still quite good and a certain crowd pleaser despite its length.
We give "Meet Joe Black" an 8 out of Here's a quick look at the content found in this PG rated film. Profanity is heavy due to 1 use of the "f" word, and other uses of the "s" word and "G-damn" for those concerned with its use also occur.
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One sensuous, and more than a minute long sex scene occurs that shows movement and pleasured reactions, but no sounds or explicit nudity just bare backs, etc A very brief scene shows a person being hit by several vehicles and flung through the air like a rag doll, and the whole notion of Death coming to visit may be a bit unsettling for some viewers.
Beyond some social drinking, a few bad attitudes, and the thematic elements of death and dying however, the rest of the categories have little or no major objectionable content. William and his extended family have wine with dinner on several occasions, and we also see him and Quince with cocktails a few times. William has a drink while Allison has champagne near her.
Quine pours himself two glasses of wine and tells Joe that he looks like he could use a drink. The point is that life is serious enough and it isn't until others are gone that we fully comprehend that. Brad Pitt is perfect, absolutely perfect as Joe Black.
He conveys the innocent wonder and pure joy of discovering human elements like the aforementioned peanut butter and more serious issues like falling in love. Meet Joe Black has been criticized for its length but like all movies that are three hours plus, there is a reason for that.
And that is because it has something to say. Something important to say. Meet Joe Black wants us to look at this film and then look at our lives and realize that there is a lot to live for. You just have to get through all the mist and cloudiness and you'll find it again. There is an innocence about how this movie feels and it is such a wonderful picture.
It makes you feel good. Good to be in love if you are good to want to be in love if you are not already and good to be alive.
It will make you glad that you did. I know I was and my life doesn't seem so bad right now even though there are many things that I could complain about like Ah hell, what's the point.
Meet Joe Black Reviews - Metacritic
Life can only get better. Meet Joe Black helped me see that. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. A Truly Enchanting Movie! Because it is unique, the plot enables humor to be weaved within the dramatic and romantic elements.
Meet Joe Black
The many string and piano melodies are beautiful, and fit smoothly. There are so many memorable moments, like father-daughter conversations, and the scene in the coffee shop. Brad Pitt, in his portrayal of Death,displays naive and vulnerable feelings, skillfully in sharp contrast his behavior at the beginning of the film. While some criticize its length and unrealistic aspects of the plot, I found it to be so captivating and quite well-made.
Meet Joe Black has an indescribable effect on me whenever I watch it. The story of Death being apprentice to a respected, accomplished man makes one realize the simple beauties of life-- passion, family, love In short, an excellent and not too long film lmoore 13 October Whenever this film is aired, I'm drawn to watch it.
The pace, like life, is slow. Some people find this to be a problem. I feel sorry for those people; maybe they've been so saturated by "fast food" films and reality TV that they think that's the way life is supposed to be.