I just canâ??t get my head around this story. Maybe Iâ??m notâ?¦deep enough? Uh huh. Whatever. The more I watched, the more puzzled I felt. So Death decides to take some sort of vacation, it takes some poor guyâ??s dead body (funniest death scene Iâ??ve seen in my life by the way), and he/it/whatever falls in love. All of it is just so absurd; the premise is so stupid (really I have no other word for it).
Death, the termination of the biological functions that make an organism live, stops being a state (like the state of life), and becomes some sort of being, some sentient entity, which is not a new concept of course. Weâ??ve always had that idea for centuries of the Grim Reaper personifying death. But this was just some wrong and weird idea that is supposed to be some serious fantasy (itâ??s a drama after all), and which is executed in the cheesiest way possible, with the most melodramatic music ever composed (I liked that score though, by Thomas Newman, as well as the soundtrack chosen at the end).
But I mean, Death falling in love? Having sex? Eating peanut butter in the most retarded, annoying way? He claims in a scene that somehow amidst his vacation he is still taking care of the worldâ??s death issuance (he doesnâ??t explain how exactly but whatever). So, while he was having sex with the girl in one scene (his first time of course, awww), was he also taking peopleâ??s lives around the globe or something? I just donâ??t get it. Thereâ??s fantasy and thereâ??s idiocy, and this was definitely idiotic.
Or maybe they just chose the wrong person. I believe Brad Pitt is a good actor (not great, but good enoughâ??Fight Club, Se7en,etc) but in some films itâ??s like he just canâ??t help being so boring, monotone and wooden, and that was exactly what he delivered here (same case as Benjamin Button, looooong and sloooooooooooow).
This movie had a few pluses. He looked so gorgeous it almost hurt to stare, the kind of man who is just not handsome but beautiful in a manly kind of way. The cinematography also contributed, with stunning rich colors.
Anthony Hopkins does the best with what he is given, and heâ??s frankly the filmâ??s only worthy element. His elder daughter and her naÃ¯ve but good-hearted husband are also noteworthy.
But back to Hopkins, his character is a man who is informed his days on Earth are coming to an end, a reaffirmation of what he himself already felt coming. You love this man from the first time he speaks (who doesnâ??t love Anthonyâ??s voice too?). You admire his calmed and composed character, and his resignation before the immediacy of his death. As anyone, he would like more time, but he just accepts his fate. Heâ??s thankful because heâ??s had a good life, enriched not only materially but spiritually. I could relate to this character, I could feel the human warmth in him, his pain and his happiness, but Brad Pittâ??s character just gave me the creeps and made me feel confused.