Meet Joe Black

"Very Good"

Meet Joe Black Review


So I'm sure by now you've already heard that Meet Joe Black clocks in at an unmentionable three hours or so. What is the world coming to right? Well, you can bitch and moan all you want, and talk about how the movie's box office performance is evidence that Martin Brest made a pretty big mistake, but I've got one question for you: Why not?

We go to the movies to enjoy ourselves, and who's to say that if we are having fun, it should only last for one hour and 40 minutes and then we're out of there. Do we really have so many better things to do? If I'm watching a movie I enjoy, I don't even really want it to end, just maybe give me a fifteen minute bathroom break and I'm good.

Having said that, I'm not going to argue with the fact that it's got to be a pretty good movie to sit through for three hours. But the common conception that it has to be a pretty important movie, a Schindler's List, Braveheart or Saving Private Ryan, well that's nonsense. So Meet Joe Black is never going to win Best Picture. It's fun. I liked it. Anthony Hopkins is always great. Newcomer Claire Forlani transfixes your gaze when she's on the screen, and Brad Pitt's portrayal of Death himself is interesting to say the least (and you've got to see his Carribean accent). Brest got me hooked, and the whole time, even when the movie does drag a bit, the supernatural element provides something to keep your mind busy if the action on the screen can't keep our modern attention spans interested.

So I for one say let the filmmakers make their epics if they think they've got something worth holding us in our seats. Maybe The Postman was a huge debacle. Do you really think it would have been any better if it had clocked in at 105 minutes?

Go Joe!



Meet Joe Black

Facts and Figures

Run time: 178 mins

In Theaters: Friday 13th November 1998

Box Office Worldwide: $142.9M

Budget: $90M

Distributed by: Universal Pictures

Production compaines: Universal Pictures, City Light Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 51%
Fresh: 19 Rotten: 18

IMDB: 7.1 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Joe Black, as William Parrish, as Susan Parrish, as Quince, as Allison Parrish, as Drew, David S. Howard as Eddie Sloane, Lois Kelly-Miller as Jamaican Woman, Jahnni St. John as Jamaican Woman's Daughter, as The Parrish's Butler, as Helen

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Colossal Movie Review

Colossal Movie Review

It's rare to find a movie that so defiantly refuses to be put into a...

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

It's unlikely that Guy Ritchie could make a boring movie if he wanted to. This...

Snatched Movie Review

Snatched Movie Review

It doesn't really matter that the script for this lively action-comedy is paper thin: teaming...

Jawbone Movie Review

Jawbone Movie Review

Boxing movies aren't usually this thoughtful. Sure, there are plenty of punchy moments in the...

Whisky Galore! Movie Review

Whisky Galore! Movie Review

Scottish filmmaker Gillies MacKinnon (Hideous Kinky) remakes the 1949 Ealing comedy classic, although it's difficult...

Alien: Covenant Movie Review

Alien: Covenant Movie Review

Master filmmaker Ridley Scott is back to continue the story 10 years after the events...

The Journey (2017) Movie Review

The Journey (2017) Movie Review

A fictionalised account of real events, this drama is reminiscent of Peter Morgan's work in...

Advertisement
Sleepless Movie Review

Sleepless Movie Review

In remaking the 2011 French thriller Sleepless Night, the filmmakers have dumbed down both the...

Unlocked Movie Review

Unlocked Movie Review

By injecting a steady sense of fun, this slick but mindless action thriller both holds...

Lady Macbeth Movie Review

Lady Macbeth Movie Review

A seriously impressive feature directing debut with a star-making central performance, this period British drama...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

It was never going to be easy to match the impact of 2014's Guardians of...

The Promise Movie Review

The Promise Movie Review

The director of Hotel Rwanda, Terry George, turns to another humanitarian horror: the systematic murder...

Their Finest Movie Review

Their Finest Movie Review

Skilfully written, directed and acted, this offbeat British period film tells a story that catches...

Unforgettable Movie Review

Unforgettable Movie Review

With heavy echoes of trashy thrillers like Fatal Attraction, this movie overcomes its painfully simplistic...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.