Meet Joe Black (1998)


meet joe black“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. And I’m not hearing any heart. Cause the truth is, honey, there’s no sense living your life without this. To make the journey and not fall deeply in love, well, you haven’t lived a life at all. But you have to try, cause if you haven’t tried, you haven’t lived.” – William Parrish

Number of Times Seen – 2 (2 Feb 2002 and 10 May 2015)

Brief Synopsis – On the eve of his 65th birthday, a wealthy man is visited by a mysterious stranger who claims he is death but before he takes his life, he wishes for the man to teach him about what life is all about.

My Take on it – This is one of those movie which you either love or hate.

A lot of people that I know can’t stand this movie because they felt that it was too long and drawn out.

The truth is that personally, I really enjoyed this movie because I felt that it tells a really interesting story and the length helps it all play out properly without feeling rushed at all.

Anthony Hopkins as usual is amazing here and gives off such a wonderful aura of confidence with his character.

Brad Pitt is very good here, but still less than stellar, because the character that he portrays is a bit too big for him to pull off properly.

The secondary story dealing with political maneuvering within the company was enjoyable to watch play out and helped make the movie even better.

All in all, this movie isn’t perfect, but it is still very well made and has a very intriguing premise.

I was surprised to find out that this was a remake of a movie from the 1930’s, Death Takes a Holiday (1934) and I’m interested in seeing that one now in order to compare.

Bottom Line – Yes, this movie is a bit long, but it still is interesting and doesn’t feel drawn out at all. Hopkins is amazing as always and Pitt does a fine job trying to portray the mythological figure of death.  Liked the political maneuvers that underline the main story making it even more enjoyable to watch.  Not perfect, but still a very well made movie. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Future director Eli Roth had an early job working as a stand-in during production of this film, but was fired by director Martin Brest due to a misconception. Reportedly, Roth was asked to walk with an awkward “bouncing” motion to appear “taller” (as he was physically shorter than the actor he was doubling) while the crew set up a shot and lighting with him. Director Brest happened to walk by, saw Roth’s awkward movement, and declared him to be “one untalented stand-in” before ordering him to be immediately fired, not realizing he had been instructed by the crew to move that way. Roth was later re-hired as a production assistant, but this was kept secret from Brest to avoid trouble. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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21 thoughts on “Meet Joe Black (1998)

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  2. Great review; however I have to put myself in the ‘hated it’ line. The movie never seemed to end and everyone acted as if they were crawling through molasses. I’m glad you liked it; it just wasn’t for me.

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  3. Great review Rob. I got to say MJB is one of my favourite romance movies of all-time. As much as everyone focuses on the relationship between Hopkins and Pitt, I fell for Forlani and Pitt as a couple. I agree the score is amazing to this movie. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts about Death Takes a Holiday, I own that original movie, MJB, and the MJB score. Funny thing is I may still have the movie poster somewhere back home.

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  4. I haven’t seen this movie since it was in the theatre so all I can remember about it was that my boyfriend at the time thought that the best scene in the film was when “Joe Black” is initially hit by a car before death takes over his body. In his defense he was eighteen…

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