Meet Joe Black [Blu-ray]
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Now I am a contemplative sort at heart, but still also enjoy a good pure-action flick, provided the production values, acting, plot and message are sound. Perhaps because I have been a cancer specialist for the past 23 years, and am witness to Death on a frequent basis (in His more obscure, spiritual form), I think those who are critical of the perceived "slowness" of this film just aren't catching what I believe must have been the intent of the director: life generally rushes by in the blink of an eye, but when you are confronted with your own imminent mortality, and the pressing reality of the prospect of Oblivion (or at least the end of all you know as real), everything tends to slow down to a snail's-pace. The last days, hours, minutes of one's life are grasped very dearly, and only relinquished with great resignation.Read more ›
It's a shame that this movie didn't do better than mediocre reviews and lukewarm boxoffice receipts. There I sat in the audience marveling at the gorgeous design and antiques, not to mention the exquisite costume design. So many films these days go for established designers, but this movie used a studio designer much like the days of the old Hollywood system. The attention to detail is exquisite.
As for the acting, it all boiled down to one scene for me. Anthony Hopkins describing the first time he'd ever had a lamb sandwich to Brad Pitt. It turns into one of the most beautiful remembrance speeches of a widower for the wife he still grieves. Needless to say even this heartless cynic got a bit misty. To have a man express such love without sounding condescending or corny is quite a feat. It's enough to make you believe in the power of a good actor.
Brad Pitt also deserves kudos for this role. Despite living through a personal hell and sustaining an injury, he does a great job in his double role. I thought the scene in which Death says good bye to Claire Forlani's character was some of his best acting.
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Death takes a week off and falls in love. Probably Brad Pitts best roll & acting....Published 4 days ago by Rodney
This was recommended to me by a good friend and I thought it was awesome! Very good film. Unexpected ending.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a fantastic movie. It is one of our favorite movies, and it is one we have watched many times.Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
Meet Joe Black is a fabulous movie with a more than fabulous cast. I highly recommend it for your collection.Published 18 days ago by Perry Grant
What a great movie. I recommend it to everyone (age appropriate). The price was well worth it.Published 25 days ago by Carlos
It emphasizes what it's like to live with values and gusto. Not sure if the director meant it that way. But it focuses on love for family and what you hold dear.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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