Collateral Beauty: What an intelligent and heartfelt movie


Release date: March 14, 2017

Studio:New Line Cinema (Warner Bros.)

Director:David Frankel

MPAA Rating:PG-13 (for thematic elements and brief strong language)

Screenwriter:Allan Loeb

Starring:Will Smith, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, Michael Pena, Naomie Harris, Jacob Latimore, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren




Well, I have to admit that starting out I was concerned that the filmmakers were going to oversimplify the storyline, but I was very happily gratified by their choices!

This is a deep tale of incredible loss and rediscovery, with several twists that play out beautifully. Each character is an amazing puzzle piece of this grand mosaic. In fact so intertwined are these stories that to even hint at what’s going on, beyond a cursory level, would reveal too much.

That being said I will say this: The character played by Will Smith (Howard) is a deeply distraught man, having suffered the loss of his 6 year old child to a rare form of cancer and this film centers around his very rocky journey towards healing.

The characters are all amazingly well developed as well as being wonderfully mysterious. It is as if there are several veils that slowly get lifted or peeled away as the film unfolds.

All of the actors performed in the most stellar of fashions pushing the story and characters through the different elements needed to not only drive Howard to the heart wrenching close of his chapter, but also the closer, healing, raw truthfulness of several other characters.

I HIGHLY recommend this film and would LOVE to see it again!