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Joe Black: Hi, Im death, Ive been around for existence multiplied by infinity, and down his house (all in the uncut unrated Death Goes Wild edition of course). Meet Joe Black is a American romantic fantasy film directed and produced by Martin Brest, and starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, and Claire Forlani. Brad Pitt in Meet Joe Black () Helena Bonham Carter at an event for Meet Joe Black .. This is a really great movie, that you have to watch glimpses of first.
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Plot[ edit ] Billionaire media mogul Bill Parrish is considering a merger between his company and another media giant, and is about to celebrate his 65th birthday with an elaborate party planned by his eldest daughter, Allison.
His youngest daughter, Susan, a resident in internal medicineis in a relationship with one of Bill's board members, Drew. She is considering marriage, but Bill can tell she's not passionately in love.
When she asks for the short version of his impassioned speech, he simply says, "Stay open. Susan meets a vibrant young man at a coffee shop. He takes an interest in her and tells her that lightning may strike.
She is enamored but parts without getting his name. Unbeknownst to her, the man is struck by multiple cars in a possibly fatal accident. Death arrives at Bill's home in the uninjured body of the young man, explaining that Bill's impassioned speech has piqued his interest. Given Bill's "competence, experience, and wisdom", Death says that for as long as Bill will be his guide on Earth, Bill will not have to die.
Making up a name on the spot, Death is introduced to the family as "Joe Black".
Bill's best efforts to navigate the next few days, knowing them now to be his last, fail to keep events from going rapidly out of his control.
Drew is secretly conspiring with a man bidding for Parrish Communications. He capitalizes on Bill's strange behavior and unexplained reliance on Joe to convince the board of directors to vote Bill out as Chairman, using information given to him inadvertently by Bill's son-in-law, Quince, to push through approval for the merger which William had decided to oppose.
Susan is confused by the appearance of Joe, believing him to be the young man from the coffee shop, but eventually falls deeply in love with him. If your life was to terminate in a few short days, how would you spend your final hours on Earth? Would you pursue the fulfilment of your lifelong dreams?
Watch your favourite movie and listen to your favourite music just once more? Give up and simply mourn your imminent passing? Running at a hair under three hours, Meet Joe Black - director Martin Brest's loose adaptation of the motion picture Death Takes a Holiday - is an absorbing, contemplative examination of death.
The protagonist of the movie is faced with his imminent demise, and confronted with the question of how he should spend the final days of his life.
Meet Joe Black
Meet Joe Black posits the idea that the Grim Reaper wants to tour the world as a mortal human. To be his tour guide, he selects multi-millionaire and successful corporate tycoon William Parrish Hopkins whose soon-to-be-celebrated 65th birthday will be his last.
During the lead-up to his birthday, Bill begins to hear a mysterious voice inside his head. After dismissing this as a mere hallucination, he's soon visited by Death, adopting the name Joe Black Pittpersonified in the body of a recently-deceased young man. Bill is told he's about to die, but will be given more time in exchange for acting as Death's earthly guide. As long as the Grim Reaper remains interested, he will remain on holiday. But once he tires of life and wishes to return to the "next place", he'll take Bill with him.
During his self-appointed vacation, Death is educated in valuable lessons about humanity, in addition to learning about love as he develops strong feelings for Bill's daughter Susan Forlani. After Martin Brest was initially intrigued by the premise of Death Takes a Holiday, he spent several decades developing a screenplay for his own take on the premise with which he felt comfortable.
After completing Scent of a Woman inBrest turned his attention to Meet Joe Black which was at long last released in For Universal Pictures, the movie probably seemed like a great idea, but gradually developed into something of a nuisance.
It ran over-budget, and its production period was far longer than scheduled. With its three-hour runtime, the film received predominantly negative reviews and it underperformed at the box office.
Although the film curiously manages to remain enthralling over its runtime, the three-hour runtime for such a simple story seems unnecessary. In human form, Death doesn't possess the aura of authority one would expect, and seems virtually childlike in his lack of familiarity of the simplest human behaviour. However, the script cheats with Joe Black by keeping his character inconsistent. Yet there are times when the character must exhibit power and understanding in order to further the plot, and thus Joe suddenly speaks and thinks in ways which were seemingly impossible to him earlier.