Collateral Beauty

By on February 15, 2017

The fabulous cast saves this sentimental holiday drama, but it still ultimately feels more like a big-budget Hallmark Christmas movie than an awards-caliber film.

Collateral Beauty isn’t bad, but it’s also not as memorable as would be fitting for the acclaimed ensemble. There are occasional moments of humor, thanks to the gifted actors, but there’s no getting around the fact that the story is treacly sweet. Life lessons are served over and over again for all of the characters (and the audience), not just Howard.

In addition to Howard’s three friends and the trio of Love, Death, and Time, there’s another character worth mentioning — Madeleine (Naomie Harris), who runs a bereavement group that Howard attends for parents who’ve lost their children. Their instant chemistry makes sense, since they have a tragic loss in common. But in the end, all the fine acting (and with Smith, there’s a bit of overacting, too, in a couple of climactic scenes…) doesn’t rise above the movie’s tender but cheesy twists.
Age 13 + Out Feb 23

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