‘Collateral Beauty’ Tugs at Heartstrings

‘Collateral Beauty’ Tugs at Heartstrings [Video]


Collateral Beauty

Will Smith will tug at heartstrings of movie audiences in “Collateral Beauty.” Time Warner Cable presents this film in time for the Winter Holidays; it will be released in the United States on Dec. 18, 2016.

The acting ensemble includes Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Kiera Knightly, and Ed Norton. “Collateral Beauty” centers around an advertising executive, Howard Inlet, played by Smith. He suffers a tremendous personal loss, which leads him to withdraw from life.

Fortunately, his colleagues care enough to create a plan that forces him to confront his loss. The plan devised is described as surprising and profoundly human.

‘Collateral Beauty.’ Love. Time. Death.

In the “Collateral Beauty” trailer voiceover,  “Love, time, death. Now these three things connect every single human being on earth.” The man speaking proclaims that everyone craves more time, longs for love, and fears death. The introduction to the film will tug at the heartstrings.

To demonstrate that “we’re here to connect,” a complex series of rectangles, which fall like dominoes, is set up and toppled by Smith. They are also symbolic of having one’s life in order, however, with the flick of a finger or fate, everything drastically changes. When the dominoes begin to fall, perfection methodically crumbles.

The main character begins to write letters to concepts, rather than people. Somehow Inlet’s associates discover this and begin to confront him. They each play a role as a concept, like time, death.

When Mirren asks to whom did he wrote the letter he just mailed, he responds death. She extends a hand, introducing herself as death, and tells him that she is pleased to meet him. With a furrowed brow, Inlet walks away, but she follows. Mirren pleads with him to talk to her. He shouts, “I don’t want this!”

The scenario is repeated with other universal concepts until he responds as his friends intend. “Collateral Beauty” reveals the memories of a man who has had his child ripped from his arms by death. Smith portrays an angry, lost man. He is a daddy with empty arms, who withdraws. However, he ultimately begins to exhibit his loss when friends continue to confront him.

Production and Release Details

“Collateral Beauty” has multiple release dates. According to IMDb, in Russia, the date is Dec. 15. Brazilians must wait until Jan. 26, 2017 to see the movie, which is entitled “Beleza Oculta.”

  • Directed by David Frankel and the screenplay was written by Allan Loeb.
  • The drama was filmed in New York City, Queens, and Manhattan.
  • Five production companies contributed to the movie; PalmStar Media, Likely Story, Anonymous Content, Overbrook Entertainment, and Village Roadshow Pictures.
  • Warner Bros and New Line Cinema (in France) are the distributors for “Collateral Beauty.”
  • The soundtrack is by WaterTower Music. The music for “Collateral Beauty” was composed by Theodore Shapiro.

AceShowBiz offered the following description of  the film: “This thought-provoking drama explores how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of beauty, and how the constants of love, time, and death interlock in a life fully lived.” The movie, “Collateral Beauty” will have audiences engrossed in the emotions, as it tugs at one’s heartstrings. Smith and his cast-mates will share the effects of love, death, and time, on the big screen.

By Cathy Milne


Daily Mail: Quiet on set! Will Smith and Keira Knightly get into character as they film Collateral Beauty in NYC Diner
IMDb: Collateral Beauty
AceShowBiz: Collateral Beauty (2016)

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