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Meet Joe Black 1999

Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins give stellar performances in this film about a powerful man who receives a visit from Death and agrees to serve as his earthly guide in exchange for more time.

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Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins
Runtime:
3 hours, 0 minutes

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Genres Drama, Science Fiction, Romance
Director Martin Brest
Starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins
Supporting actors Claire Forlani, Jake Weber, Marcia Gay Harden, Jeffrey Tambor, David S. Howard, Lois Kelly-Miller, Jahnni St. John, Richard Clarke, Marylouise Burke, Diane Kagan, June Squibb, Gene Canfield, Suzanne Hevner, Steve Coats, Madeline Balmaceda, Julie Lund, Kay Gaffney, Anthony Kane
Studio Universal Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Format: DVD
I won't go into the details of what this film is about - its been summarised perfectly by the other reviews. I saw this at the cinema when it was first released, and found myself surrounded by people fidgeting, talking, and walking out. Granted, if you're not interested in something, then three hours is going to seem like an eternity, but I couldn't for the life of me understand why people were getting so bored. Watching this film, the time just flew by for me. I didn't once find myself looking at my watch - it was that engrossing.

The acting in this film is superb - especially by Hopkins. The soundtrack is also beautiful, and if you love the film I strongly urge you to buy that too, as it also plays a large part in the film's success.

This is one of my top 10 films, and in terms of its impact, its up there with the likes of Good Will Hunting and Brief Encounter.
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By A Customer on 15 Dec. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Here's another cliche: breathtaking! I fell in love with this film and its characters. The central love story between Pitt & Forlani is just about the most moving I've seen. Joe's innocence as a fledgeling human being, and the effect he has on those around him, is incredibly touching and profound. And as for Anthony Hopkins! He gives such an intimate performance, you can almost read the characters thoughts. In an age with few healthy role models in the media, the characters in this movie, with their quiet dignity and their struggles towards integrity, provide so much to aspire to. I laughed, and cried and was touched many times by the wisdom in this film, but also by the quality of the performances. The scenes in which Joe converses in Pidgin-english with the old lady from "the islands" are stunning. Watch it if you are not a die-hard cynic - and don't forget your hankie!
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Format: Blu-ray
*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE 2011 'UK BLU RAY' VERSION ***

"Meet Joe Black" is the kind of film that elicits derision and affection in equal measure - well if it's one of your guilty pleasures - then you need to own it on BLU RAY.

I've had the now defunct HD-DVD format of Martin Brest's 1999 movie for a while now to have the film in High Definition - and this Blu Ray reissue uses the same menus. But it's the print-quality that will be the big draw here. With an aspect that fills the entire screen, the transfer is lush, detailed and a pleasure to look at practically all of the time. In short - "Meet Joe Black" is beautiful on Blu Ray...

Mixing the supernatural with romance could have been awkward and even 'silly' in places (it sometimes is - Pitt speaking jive in the hospital to a black woman who knows he's the Grim Reaper is cringing), yet Brest has achieved an assured beauty throughout. This is a nice film in so many ways. And possibly because of its themes of loss and how we live our lives, it manages real warmth and a rare intelligence. The growing attraction between Claire Forlani (as Susan Parrish) and Brad Pitt (as Joe Black) is nicely set up in a café at the beginning of the film and then played out against preparations for her father's 65th birthday in his mansion throughout the film (Death has taken over his body and is being shown around by a reluctant Hopkins). Thomas Newman's lovely score also adds a classy feel to the film too and is used when it's needed.
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Format: DVD
Absolutely one of THE BEST reflective, charming films ever. I can't believe this film hasn't gotten the recognition it deserves - but you know what? Who cares? If you don't watch this film then you are missing out.

Meet Joe Black is the story of Death taking a break from his usual duties and inhabiting the body of a recently deceased young man in order to learn of human experience.

The film covers three main story lines: a naive Angel of Death's (Brad Pitt) first experiences with simple pleasures such as peanut butter, Death's chosen guide's attempts to manage his business based on the principles on which he founded it, while coming to terms with his own mortality, and a romance between "Joe Black" and his guide's daughter, Susan (Claire Forlani).

The chemistry between Anthony Hopkins and Brad Pitt is brilliant. The settings, the pace, and the dialogues are brilliant. This movie makes you think

And a SPECIAL mention has to go out to the score of this movie, it is absolutely brilliant!

This movie reminds me of the good times, it gets beter and better every time you watch it, it is spellbinding and inspiring.
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Format: DVD
This film could so easily have gone a different route, playing on the "Romantic Comedy" tag and employing too many one-line death gaggs. Apart from the "Death and Taxes" reference it avoids this entirely, and is by far the better for it.

Yes Brad Pitt is less than animated, moving about in a solemn manner. But I think he was trying to convey his character's unused-ness in occupying human form. Brad is no genius as an actor, but has shown previously that he has the range and physicality to transform himself into roles. His performance in "Twelve Monkeys" for example is quite statling and shows he has the depth to do more than play eye-candy. I found his portrayal of Death hypnotic. He played Death as an innocent, a creature of almost childlike simplicity and genuine curiosity. For the menace and darkness of his character you have to look deeper, but you will find it in his silences and in his self assured restfulnes.

The scenes with the elderly Carribean woman are truly beatiful and extremely well played. Even Pitt's attempt at a Jamaican accent is surprisingly good, a risk that could have so easily proved corny and condescending.

Anthony Hopkins, sadly, is less inclined to take risks, and I feel he is in danger of lapsing into giving us the same performance over and over.

I confess that when I saw this film for the first time (at the cinema) I thought it too long.

Now I have watched it a few times on DVD I feel the pace is perfect, giving us time to think, time to get to know the themes and characters.

Hopkins asside, all the central characters are well played and I feel most of us will recognise ourselves and our families in there somewhere. The rivalries and jealousy, the quiet love and loyalty.
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