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Meet Joe Black (1998)
Meet Joe Black is a 1998 American fantasy romance film produced by Universal Studios, directed by Martin Brest and starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins and Claire Forlani, loosely based on the 1934 film Death Takes a Holiday. It was the second pairing of Hopkins and Pitt after their 1994 film Legends Of The Fall. Billionaire media mogul William Parrish (Anthony Hopkins) is considering a merger between his company and another media giant, while also about to celebrate his 65th birthday with an elaborate party being planned by his eldest daughter Allison (Marcia Gay Harden). He begins to hear mysterious voices, which he tries with increasing difficulty to ignore. His youngest daughter Susan (Claire Forlani), an internal medicine resident, is involved with one of Bill's board members, Drew (Jake Weber). She is considering marriage, but her father is not favorably impressed by her relationship. When she asks for the short version of his impassioned speech, he simply says, "Stay open. Who knows? Lightning could strike!" Shortly thereafter, Susan meets a vibrant young man (Brad Pitt) at a coffee shop. She is instantly enamored but fails to even get his name.
We go to the movies to enjoy ourselves, and who's to say that if we are having fun, it should only last for one hour and 40 minutes and then we're out of there. Do we really have so many better things to do? If I'm watching a movie I enjoy, I don't even really want it to end, just maybe give me a fifteen minute bathroom break and I'm good.
Having said that, I'm not going to argue with the fact that it's got to be a pretty good movie to sit through for three hours. But the common conception that it has to be a pretty important movie, a Schindler's List, Braveheart or Saving Private Ryan, well that's nonsense. So Meet Joe Black is never going to win Best Picture. It's fun. I liked it. Anthony Hopkins is always great. Newcomer Claire Forlani transfixes your gaze when she's on the screen, and Brad Pitt's portrayal of Death himself is interesting to say the least (and you've got to see his Carribean accent). Brest got me hooked, and the whole time, even when the movie does drag a bit, the supernatural element provides something to keep your mind busy if the action on the screen can't keep our modern attention spans interested.
So I for one say let the filmmakers make their epics if they think they've got something worth holding us in our seats. Maybe The Postman was a huge debacle. Do you really think it would have been any better if it had clocked in at 105 minutes?