Tweet By John Hammerle, May 19, at Plenty of films have tackled this plot device with varying degrees of success. A loose remake of Death Takes a Holiday, Meet Joe Black was released back in November to critical befuddlement and lackluster box office.
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The knocks against it are fairly predictable by now: Brad Pitt gives a wooden performance. The idea of Death having sex with a human is just plain icky. The characters are too wealthy to care about. The production design is suffocatingly extravagant.
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All are legitimate points. Pitt himself has said in interviews that his performance in Meet Joe Black is one of his least favorites. I'm sorry you feel that way, Mr.
Pitt - I thought you were great here. In fact, all of those so-called knocks above ring hollow when actually watching the film and letting its majestic qualities wash over you. Director Brest is no slouch. Sure, he stumbled hard with Gigli, and many would point to Meet Joe Black as the tipping point of his decline, but they'd be wrong.
Yes, Meet Joe Black is frickin' long. It has a running time of over three hours.
You should know that going in - plan your night around watching it. But it's worth it. This is an epic drama dealing with important themes of life and death, that makes time for romance, comedy, corporate thrills, and heavy human drama. It is a full-bodied entertainment that asks viewers to invest their time and energy in the characters and their predicaments, and pays off in richly rewarding emotional dividends.
The great Anthony Hopkins stars as William Parrish, a loving father and respected mogul. On the eve of his 65th birthday seems so young doesn't it?
Parrish and Death reach an agreement: Parrish will get an extra three days to live in exchange for serving as a guide to Death and showing him all that living human has to offer.
Plot[ edit ] Billionaire media mogul William Parrish is considering a merger between his company and another media giant, and is about to celebrate his 65th birthday with an elaborate party planned by his eldest daughter, Allison.
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He begins to hear mysterious voices, which he tries with increasing difficulty to ignore. His youngest daughter, Susan, a resident in internal medicineis in a relationship with one of Bills' board members, Drew. She is considering marriage, but Bill can tell she's not passionately in love.
When she asks for the short version of his impassioned speech, he simply says, "Stay open. She is instantly enamored but fails to even get his name.
Minutes after their encounter but unbeknownst to herthe man is struck by multiple cars in what appears to be a fatal motor vehicle accident. Death arrives at Bills' home in the uninjured body of the young man, explaining that Bills' impassioned speech has piqued his interest. Given Bills' "competence, experience, and wisdom", Death says that for as long as Bill will be his guide on Earth, William will not have to die.
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Making up a name on the spot, Death is introduced to the family as "Joe Black". Bills' 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 William out as Chairman, using information given to him inadvertently by Will'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?