Seeing the trailers for this film, I thought that I was either going to love it or hate it because it was too cheesy. I didn't think it would fall into the grey area. When reviews did not come out for the film until soon before its release, I knew that something was up. Ultimately, it ended up falling into that grey area that I thought would be impossible.
Where to begin? I guess I need to start with the fact that all of the characters in the film, except for Will Smith, are motivated by selfish desires. As such, it was pretty hard for me to fully sympathize with any of the characters other than him. Additionally, the film is pretty melodramatic. It has a good message, but it's really preachy about it, making it feel pretty cheesy all around. To top that off, there are a few lines that are laughably bad, extremely predictable "twist" ending(s), and a case of misunderstood identity on the part of the script. These things destroyed the merit of the script's intentions in the eyes of the critics.
I have to say, though, that the actors do really well with the script that they are given. Latimore was probably the most impressive, with an interesting performance and complex range. All of the actors are good, but some are stuck delivering crappy lines, like Edward Norton, who says: "I got us tickets to "Hamilton". That's a hard ticket." In addition to the acting, I thought that the cinematography also had merit.
Overall, I would classify "Collateral Beauty" into a category that I sometimes give to dramatic films: a well-made melodrama. Yes, it is laughable at times, and some of the characters' actions are absolutely awful, however, I did enjoy the film overall.
Big Tuna's Rating: C
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Maybe.
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