Actors Be Actin’
It’s that time of year again! OSCAR-Bait season is upon us, the sound and fury of the summer has given way to long shots of landscape, scrunched faces and deep crying. Where all the movies you’ll have to pretend you saw once the Academy Awards ceremony kicks around. First out of the gate is Collateral Beauty, and this film is STACKED with actors acting.
Seriously, look at that. My only major gripe with Will Smith has always been that he seldom does ensemble flicks, and now he’s done two back-to-back. I’d like to think, in a more self-aware universe, this movie could also be called Suicide Squad, but alas, Collateral Beauty will have to do.
I don’t quite know what to make of it so far. So a grief stricken Will Smith has taken to writing letters to various abstract feelings and ideas, only to to have those ideas actually come to life? And those ideas are to be portrayed by a cavalcade of pedigreed thespians, including, Edward Norton, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Michael Peña and Keira Knightly? There’s a lot going on in this movie, and all of it screams “take me seriously in February”. Will it work? No idea, I kind of want it to, if only so we can get “big ideas” instead of biopics and stern looks as Oscar bait. Which isn’t to say there won’t be much of the latter in Collateral Beauty, hell, that’s 45% of the trailer, but this premise is just dopey enough to pull me in.