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Meet Joe Black is a American romantic fantasy film directed and produced by Martin Brest, and starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, and Claire Forlani. Susan tells Joe that she has loved him ever since that day in the coffee shop. With Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Claire Forlani, Jake Weber. Brad Pitt in Meet Joe Black () Cameron Crowe and Nancy Wilson at an event for Meet Joe Black () Marcia Gay Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles. and then falling in love with Susan (Claire Forlani), Bill's pretty but Meet Joe Black is a movie about death that stubbornly refuses to come to life. Pitt's Joe talks softly, like a mute who has just gained the gift of speech.
Plenty of films have tackled this plot device with varying degrees of success. A loose remake of Death Takes a Holiday, Meet Joe Black was released back in November to critical befuddlement and lackluster box office.
The knocks against it are fairly predictable by now: Brad Pitt gives a wooden performance. The idea of Death having sex with a human is just plain icky. The characters are too wealthy to care about. The production design is suffocatingly extravagant.Meet Joe Black Official Trailer #1 - Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins Movie (1998) HD
All are legitimate points. Pitt himself has said in interviews that his performance in Meet Joe Black is one of his least favorites. I'm sorry you feel that way, Mr. Pitt - I thought you were great here. In fact, all of those so-called knocks above ring hollow when actually watching the film and letting its majestic qualities wash over you. Director Brest is no slouch.
Sure, he stumbled hard with Gigli, and many would point to Meet Joe Black as the tipping point of his decline, but they'd be wrong. Yes, Meet Joe Black is frickin' long.
It has a running time of over three hours. You should know that going in - plan your night around watching it. But it's worth it. This is an epic drama dealing with important themes of life and death, that makes time for romance, comedy, corporate thrills, and heavy human drama. It is a full-bodied entertainment that asks viewers to invest their time and energy in the characters and their predicaments, and pays off in richly rewarding emotional dividends.
The great Anthony Hopkins stars as William Parrish, a loving father and respected mogul. On the eve of his 65th birthday seems so young doesn't it?
Parrish and Death reach an agreement: Parrish will get an extra three days to live in exchange for serving as a guide to Death and showing him all that living human has to offer.
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Little does Parrish know that part of the lesson will include Death falling for Parrish's younger daughter Claire Forlani. After they make love, Joe asks Susan, "What do we do now? As his last birthday arrives, Bill appeals to Joe to recognize the meaning of true love and all it encompasses, especially honesty and sacrifice. Joe comes to understand that he must set aside his own desire and allow Susan to live her life.
He also helps Bill regain control of his company, exposing Drew's underhanded business dealings to the board by claiming to be an agent of the Internal Revenue Service and threatening to put Drew in jail. At the party Bill makes his peace with his daughters.
Susan tells Joe that she has loved him ever since that day in the coffee shop. Joe realises that Susan loves the unknown man, not him, and the realization crushes him slightly.
Mastering his emotions powerfully he balks at telling Susan who he really is, although she seems to intuit his true identity. Struggling to comprehend the enormity of the situation, Susan cannot label Joe as Death.
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She says finally, "You're. He promises her "you will always have what you found in the coffee shop. Fireworks explode in the distance while Susan watches Joe and her father walk out of view.
Susan is stunned as "Joe" reappears alone, bewildered, this time as the young man from the coffee shop. He is uninjured and cannot account for how he got there. Susan accepts that her father is gone, and rekindles the romantic spark she had shared with the young man.