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Collateral Beauty (2016/Warner Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: C+ Film: C

From the director of The Devil Wears Prada, David Frankel, comes Collateral Beauty (2016) - the latest in the line of many Will Smith-led dramas that don't quite hit the mark. Lacking the heart that made Pursuit of Happyness (2006) a hit for Smith over a decade ago, this mean-spirited drama proves that even the strongest cast including Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet, Edward Norton, Michael Pena, Naomie Harris, Jacob Latimore, and Helen Mirren can't save a convoluted screenplay. This film should be shown in a screenwriting course at film school as an example having too many metaphors and beating your audience over the head with them.

Smith stars as a successful advertising agent who is totally destroyed by the death of his daughter. Two years after the fact he barely speaks, eats, sleeps or interacts with his fellow coworkers. His only ways of coping are long bicycle rides, sitting on a park bench in a dog park, and writing and mailing letters addressed to 'death', 'time', and 'love'. Concerned about his well being and the future of their employment, his coworkers (Norton, Winslet, Pena) hatch a hair brained scheme to have three actors (Knightley, Latimore, Mirren) play 'death', 'time', and 'love.' Thinking these actors are hallucinatory bi-products of his depression, Smith starts to snap back into reality and gain back his sense of self worth. In the meantime, the very three coworkers end up confronting these same three obstacles in life themselves.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and a great sounding lossless, English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) mix, there's little to complain about technically when it comes to the presentation of the film on disc. The cinematography is very strong in the film with some interesting ideas of color (namely a game that Smith plays in the film with blocks is effect and gorgeous.) For the most part, the look is more real and less stylized, with detail and skin texture highly evident in this Blu-ray presentation. A digital UV copy is also included.

There aren't many special features except for:

- A Modern Fable: Discovering Collateral Beauty

If it weren't for the big names involved, it's likely this story but would be a prime time TV movie.

- James Lockhart



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