Meet Joe Black (1998)
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Critic Reviews for Meet Joe Black
Long but never boring, spiritual but never soggy, this is the brand of big entertainment Hollywood is best at but so rarely does right these days.
Is weighed down by a tediously slow pace and overwrought production values.
Audience Reviews for Meet Joe Black
This movie grows on me. The story is interesting, the relationships formed are special, and the acting was great.
I didn't realize until I did some research that this is the third time this story has been filmed -- the first two are called Death Takes a Holiday - in 1934 and 1971. I found the story intriguing - "Death" trying out life. I will have to see the earlier versions.
Suspension of disbelief might have helped enjoy this movie had the pacing be not so sluggish. It simply gives too much time to think about the characters' illogical actions when it ought to have moved swiftly. There are simply too many flaws in the movie to be able to enjoy it enough.
This movie really makes no sense, but I still enjoy it a lot by the grace of the willowy and wounded Claire Forlani. Death has been around since the beginning of time (just ballparking it), so how is he still so ignorant about friendship, passion, sex, success, greed, revenge - the ways of the world, essentially, including colloquialisms about Death and taxes? One would think he'd have a human dalliance every decade at least. The character is written to be a wide-eyed simpleton, and they had to pick the actor with the worst face and voice for that: Brad Pitt. He's so dead-eyed and dumb-sounding.
Meet Joe Black Quotes
|William Parrish:||Don't blow smoke up my ass, it will ruin my autopsy.|
|Susan Parrish:||I wish you could've known my father.|
|Joe Black:||So you understand the concept, Bill. Now multiply that by infinity, take that to the depths of forever, and you still barely have a glimpse of what I'm taking about.|
|Joe Black:||Should you choose to test my resolve in this matter, you will be facing a finality beyond your comprehension, and you will not be counting days, or months, or years, but millenniums in a place with no doors.|
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