Collateral Beauty reviews trailer

Collateral Beauty is not a good movie by any stretch of the imagination. Nor is it the kind of bad movie that’s so bonkers, it’s perversely enjoyable. Really, it’s just a dull, maudlin drama with nonsensical plot twists you can see coming from like eight miles away.

But there is one thing about Collateral Beauty that is extremely enjoyable, and that is the reviews it attracts. Some of the most entertaining pieces of film criticism I’ve read this year are takedowns of this terrible, terrible movie, and having seen it myself I can confirm it deserves all the scorn it gets. And apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks so. An (obviously unofficial) new “trailer” rounds up some of the very meanest quotes about the film for your viewing pleasure.  Read More »

Collateral Beauty Trailer - Will Smith

When I saw the trailer for Collateral Beauty, I thought to myself, “Huh, that looks incredibly treacly and saccharine, but maybe I could be a sucker for that type of thing?” Then the extremely negative reviews started rolling in and I felt I oddly compelled check this film out to see how it could possibly be as terrible as critics were saying it was.

Suffice it to say, I was not let down. Collateral Beauty is morally reprehensible and a stunning miscalculation on almost every level. It has the dialogue and tone of a Christmas special or a sitcom, but its plot feels straight out of horror film or dark comedy. Add to that a trailer that feels genetically engineered to deceive people about not only the nature but the basic story of the film, and you have a film that is bound to shock and surprise people.

Below, find my SPOILER-filled podcast review of the film with Matt Singer from ScreenCrush. You can also check out Matt’s review.
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Collateral Beauty Trailer - Will Smith

Perhaps delivering the uplifting boost we all need this holiday season, a new trailer for the seemingly fantastical drama Collateral Beauty has arrived.

Will Smith stars in the film as a man who has lost all hope after losing his daughter. As a way of coping with his depression, he writes letters to Time, Death and Love. Then one day, they start showing up one by one to help him work through all the heartbreaking and bitterness he’s been carrying around. Is this really the cosmos reaching out to him with answers, or is there something more practical at work here?

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Collateral Beauty Trailer - Will Smith

Even though Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will undoubtedly dominate the box office when it hits theaters in December, there’s at least one film that’s bold enough to go up against the franchise spin-off on opening weekend.

Collateral Beauty stars Will Smith as a dejected man named Howard who has lost the flare of life he used to have before his daughter died. As a form of therapy, Smith begins writing letters to Time, Love and Death, and one day he gets a surprise when one of them actually shows up to talk to him. Watch the Collateral Beauty trailer after the jump. Read More »

Collateral Beauty director

Collateral Beauty must be a really good script, because it keeps attracting some major talent. The studio drama was originally going to star Hugh Jackman (Pan) and Rooney Mara (also Pan), before they had to drop out. It was rumored Johnny Depp was circling the lead, but ultimately the role went to Will SmithThen New Line Cinema lost its exciting director, but a replacement has now been found. Director David Frankel may take over the project.

Learn more about Collateral Beauty director after the jump.

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Will Smith Collateral Beauty

This fall we’ll see Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara on screen together in Pan (watch the latest trailer right here), and the two stars were meant to reunite on Collateral Beauty, the next film from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. But Jackman ended up falling away from the project, and a replacement has been sought over the past month or so.

Recently Johnny Depp was tipped as a potential replacement, but instead another international superstar has stepped up to the plate with Will Smith taking the lead role in the drama that still has Rooney Mara attached as the female lead. Find out more about Will Smith in Collateral Beauty after the jump! Read More »

Johnny Depp in Mortdecai

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon‘s Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was a scrappy indie effort populated by character actors and young rising stars. But his next film Collateral Beauty is going for A-list name recognition. Johnny Depp is reportedly being courted to star, as Hugh Jackman unfortunately drops out. More on the possible Johnny Depp Collateral Beauty casting after the jump.  Read More »

Collateral Beauty Jason Segel

You’re going to hear a lot about Me and Earl and the Dying Girl as the film hits theaters this summer. The indie was a Sundance darling (I haven’t seen it, but Peter and Germain loved it) and its director, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, quickly lined up a second film. That movie, Collateral Beauty, features Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara in the lead roles.

Now Jason Segel — whose own Sundance movie, The End of The Tour, features a career-best performance — has also signed on. We’ve got a bit more of the Jason Segel Collateral Beauty casting news below. Read More »

Film Review Prisoners

In about a month, audiences are going to fall in love with Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Simultaneously, they’re going to get very curious about Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, the film’s director who takes difficult subject matter and turns it into something incredible. Gomez-Rejon is already capitalizing on that buzz and has picked his next project. It’s called Collateral Beauty and will star Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara, who’ll soon be seen together in Pan. Read more about the film below. Read More »

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