Meet Joe Black

A review by Mike Shea   Movie Rating: ( * * * · · )    DVD Rating: ( * * * * · )

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Death takes a holiday. Not a bad film at all, although its thunder is taken away from the fact that City of Angels came out around the same time. Brad Pitt does another commendable performance, although he played an immortal in Interview with a Vampire and did a much better job. A little too much Pitt skin and not near enough Claire Forlani skin. She is a major league hottie, but she has to have the right light and right mouth position. Kind of like that Sinfield episode. Anthony Hopkins does an ok job, but there isnt a whole lot of depth in his charactor. One scene did have me in tears, the scene where he talks to his older daughter before the big party. I really wish they yanked out all the boardroom crap though. Why cant a movie just stick to the central theme? There doesnt HAVE to be subplots and 99/100 they suck anyway. There is one shot that I thought really floored me at chapter 16, 2:36:50 on the DVD. Joe standing by this ancient old tree. Really captured the spirit of his charactor. The DVD is top notch, but once again, I would have liked a directors commentary track though. Overall, a very enjoyable movie.