Netflix Fanatic: Meet Joe Black

23 Dec

It’s an oldie that I’ve never seen. The 1998 film was directed by Martin Brest and stars Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins.  It is loosely based on the 1934 film Death Takes a Holiday.

Anthony Hopkins is Bill Parish, a media mogul about to turn 65. Bill begins hallucinating and finally comes to the conclusion that he doesn’t have much longer to live. Soon the grim reaper (Brad Pitt) appears and confirms Bill’s suspicions, but he also comes with an offer. If Bill agrees to show Mr. Reaper a good time for a few days, his death will be delayed. Bill agrees and introduces him to his family and associates as Joe Black. Joe follows Bill to work and explores the city. He also becomes close with Bill’s two daughters; the elder daughter Allison who is enthusiastically planning Bill’s 65th birthday extravaganza, and the younger daughter Susan, a doctor who is the apple of her father’s eye. Joe and Susan eventually fall in love, complicating the situation and Joe’s deal with Bill. Meanwhile, Bill’s right hand man stages a coup d’etat and attempts to undermine Bill’s business. All comes to a head at Bill’s birthday party, but I’m not into spoilers, so you’ll have to watch it yourself.

I loved the concept for the movie and I think I could have really loved it, but it just didn’t go where I wanted it to. It was very long but not a lot happened. Also, I hate when endings are predictable or too simple. This one was both. However, the chemistry between Brad Pitt and Clair Forlani (Susan) was awesome. Brad was charming, as always. And I did enjoy Bill’s discussion with Susan in the very beginning about falling hopelessly in love. Here’s the cute little quote:

Love is passion, obsession, someone you can’t live without. If you don’t start with that, what are you going to end up with? Fall head over heels. I say find someone you can love like crazy and who’ll love you the same way back. And how do you find him? Forget your head and listen to your heart. I’m not hearing any heart. Run the risk, if you get hurt, you’ll come back. Because, the truth is there is no sense living your life without this. To make the journey and not fall deeply in love – well, you haven’t lived a life at all. You have to try. Because if you haven’t tried, you haven’t lived.

In conclusion, I liked it but meh. My Netflix Rating: 3 STARS

(fyi- 1 star I just wasted a couple hours of my life. 2 stars meh I didn’t really like it, but it was OK. 3 stars I liked it, but probably won’t see it again. 4 stars I liked it and would definitely see it again, 5 stars OMG I need it on DVD now)


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