It is a movie about a woman who falls in love with a concept.
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And it is a meditation on the screen presence of Brad Pitt. That there is also time for scenes about sibling rivalry and a corporate takeover is not necessarily a good thing.
The movie contains elements that make it very good, and a lot of other elements besides. As the movie opens, a millionaire named William Parrish Anthony Hopkins is pounded by a heart attack, the soundtrack using low bass chords to assault the audience.
He hears a voice--his own--in his head. On the brink of his 65th birthday, he senses that death is near. He tells his beloved younger daughter Susan Claire Forlani that he likes her fiance but doesn't sense that she truly loves him: A few hours later, in a coffee shop, she meets a stranger Brad Pitt.
They talk and flirt. He says all the right things. Lightning makes, at the very least, a near miss. They confess they really like each other. That night at dinner, she is startled to find him among her father's guests.
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The body of the young man is now occupied by Death, who has come to inform Parrish that his end is near. Advertisement He does not recognize Susan. Isn't Death an emissary from God? Shouldn't he know these things? He's been around a long time one imagines him breaking the bad news to amoebas. This Death doesn't even know what peanut butter tastes like, or how to kiss.
A job like that, you want a more experienced man. We accept the premise. We're distracted, anyway, by the way Brad Pitt plays the role.
Pitt is a fine actor, but this performance is a miscalculation. Pitt plays them as a compliment to himself.
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There is no chemistry between Joe Black and Susan because both parties are focused on him. That at least leads to the novelty of a rare movie love scene where the camera is focused on the man's face, not the woman's.
After all, it fits with Brad Pitt's chosen movie roles.
Sex[ edit ] I seem to remember a sex scene, it could be my teenager hormones but I think it should be mentioned if there is one. Could someone check it out I dont have the film, i'll be happy to ammend.
It is a bit drawn out though; doubtfully worthy of mention. IMO the movie would be a better watch without it. More appropriate would be Parrish choking at the beginning, or maybe a scene from the coffee shop; or maybe the end part where Joe Black and Parrish are departing. The picture that was posted here is better suited to a site with the sole purpose of maximising the flesh-tone real-estate of snap shots from movie scenes for people with obsessions about the actors.
Timeless Words[ edit ] Much more worthy of mention is Bill Parrish's advice to his daughter - and the carefully selected symmetries and imagery in the movie - such as "Lighting may strike"; and at the end where the real Joe repeats the words that Susan had said to Joe Black. What does this mean? What sort of "crash"? Was the scene in the film or a clip of the scene or nothing at all?
If it was in the film, why wouldn't it be "authentic footage", and why would this become an Internet phenomenon in the first place? Was it a staged crash people mistook for a real one? In short, what the hell is this supposed to mean?
As you might surmise, I've never seen this film—nor should I be required to to understand the article.
I thought the sentence made perfect sense. Granted, I have seen the movie, and the crash scene is, let's say, graphically realistic, if not bloody. The statement says "a clip of the crash scene early on in the film".
It being a scene and not stock footage would make one believe that it wasn't "authentic" or "real", that it's a "scene".