It's 1998. Google was founded, NASA started work on the International Space Station and cult classics like Dr. Dolittle, Titanic, Mulan and Saving Private Ryan were released. Another movie that hit the box office was Meet Joe Black, a film that didn't get great reviews at the time but has gradually achieved cult status. The film, directed by Martin Brest, follows multi-millionaire William Parish (Anthony Hopkins) as he comes to terms with his own mortality. This is expedited by the appearance of a man called Joe (Brad Pitt), who is actually Death.
“Love is passion, obsession, someone you can’t live without. I say, fall head over heels. Find someone you can love like crazy and who will love you the same way back. How do you find him? Well, you forget your head, and you listen to your heart” - William Parish
Polite and sometimes charming, Joe (Brad Pitt) asks William Parish to show him around in exchange for more time on the planet. This flick has a great cast including Claire Forlani and Jeffory Tambor. Brad Pitt's performance is heavily criticized however, we think it's genius. He maintains a childish innocence throughout the film which makes the character's social interactions so amusing to watch. We also have to mention the soundtrack is on another level. Thomas Newman has scored so many films we all know and love but the track, "That Next Place", for this movie is just angelic in its peaks and lulls.
It's hard to talk about without spoiling the film, but we have to say this film has had us reaching for the tissue box on multiple occasions. It toys on the idea that we don't fully understand what life is, but whatever it is, we are all afraid to loose it.
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