Meet Joe Black - Wikipedia
A Case For Greatness: MEET JOE BLACK us human, filtered through a loose remake of the high concept film Death Takes a Holiday. Death takes a human form and visits Earth to try to find out why humans want so Photos. Monte Markham and Yvette Mimieux in Death Takes a Holiday () This movie is a wonderful, romantic remake of the original of the same name. DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY. FREDRIC MARCH. Remake was Meet Joe Black, but this is the real deal. If you can find it.
Meet Joe Black – Death Takes a Marathon ‘Meeting’
With his 65th birthday fast approaching, New York media tycoon William Parrish Anthony Hopkins begins hearing a strange, disembodied voice, and shortly suffers a heart seizure while being spoken to so mysteriously. In short order, the voice materializes to the mystified William in the guise of the fellow from the coffee shop.
Thus begins a peculiar relationship in which the dazzlingly blond Joe Black follows the powerful William on all his rounds. But Susan, for one, is willing to overlook all this in her determination to figure out who the mystery man is, and sure enough maneuvers him into her arms. By taking so much time and building to the climax so methodically, Brest seems to be trying to pull off a metaphysical slow burn, one whose cumulative impact will prove moving and profound.
But even if one buys the premise, the story is finally just too contrived and wispy to support heavy emotional investment. As Hopkins plays him, with tremendous verve and sympathy, he is all this, but the character also seems impossibly idealized, truly without flaws.
Death Takes a Holiday - Wikipedia
Never is there an indication of the ruthlessness that must have been required to get as far as he did. He is even the perfect widower, forever living in the memory of his adored late wife, without a woman to replace her.
In the first coffee shop scene, her character says or does nothing to make any impression on the young man, who is impressed anyway, and the tentative manner and skittish eye contact with which the actress endows Susan become tiresome. Luxuriously upholstered pic so thoroughly expresses the world of its wealthy characters that the money all but drips from the screen.
If one had unlimited resources, one might certainly want to engage production designer Dante Ferretti and costume designers Aude Bronson-Howard and David C.
A Universal release of a City Light Films production.Meet Joe Black Hospital scene HQ
Susan meets a vibrant young man at a coffee shop. He takes an interest in her and tells her that lightning may strike. She is enamored but parts without getting his name. Unbeknownst to her, the man is struck by multiple cars in a possibly fatal accident. Death arrives at Bill's home in the uninjured body of the young man, explaining that Bill's impassioned speech has piqued his interest.
Given Bill's "competence, experience, and wisdom", Death says that for as long as Bill will be his guide on Earth, Bill will not have to die. Making up a name on the spot, Death is introduced to the family as "Joe Black".
Bill's best efforts to navigate the next few days, knowing them now to be his last, fail to keep events from going rapidly out of his control. Drew is secretly conspiring with a man bidding for Parrish Communications.
He capitalizes on Bill's strange behavior and unexplained reliance on Joe to convince the board of directors to vote Bill out as Chairman, using information given to him inadvertently by Bill's son-in-law, Quince, to push through approval for the merger which William had decided to oppose. Susan is confused by the appearance of Joe, believing him to be the young man from the coffee shop, but eventually falls deeply in love with him.
Joe is now under the influence of human desires and becomes attracted to her as well. After they make love, Joe asks Susan, "What do we do now? As his last birthday arrives, Bill appeals to Joe to recognize the meaning of true love and all it encompasses, especially honesty and sacrifice.
Joe comes to understand that he must set aside his own desire and allow Susan to live her life.