First, the Recap:
When an unforeseen tragedy strikes down his will to connect or be around others, advertising mogul Howard (Will Smith) effectively disappears from life for years, unable to rectify in his shattered mind the event that has undermined everything he was. Having no luck getting through to him, his three primary business associates–Whit (Edward Norton), Claire (Kate Winslet), and Simon (Michael Pena)–make every attempt to aide their friend, but to no avail. However, when Howard is visited by Death (Helen Mirren), Time (Jacob Latimore), and Love (Keira Knightley) who begin to show him how even in adversity, there are amazing acts of kindness to be experienced and accepted, Whit, Claire, and Simon suddenly find they’re having to face their own inner struggles.
Worth Seeing: Yes and No
With the incredible thematic potential and stellar cast present in director David Frankel and writer Allen Loeb’s ensemble drama, one would think this effort would be a home run. Sadly for this reviewer, especially in view of a seriously effective trailer offered for the project, it is ultimately a let down as one key element wasn’t actually what it appeared to be. Yes, there is still plenty of heartbreaking and deeply pathos-fueled moments to stir you, yet due to this one aspect not being exactly as advertised, it took the wind out of my sails quite a bit, especially given how early in the film the reveal occurs. Solid acting is delivered with a cast such as this, but they’ve ALL done much better work, and supporting turns from Ann Dowd and Naomie Harris are decent as well. In total, it was simply more of a miss than the hit it could have been.
As always, this is all for your consideration and comment. Until next time, thank you for reading!