Meet Joe Black1998
Meet Joe Black (1998)
Critic Consensus: Meet Joe Black is pretty to look at and benefits from an agreeable cast, but that isn't enough to offset this dawdling drama's punishing three-hour runtime.
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as William Parrish
as Susan Parrish
as Eddie Sloane
as Jamaican Woman
as Jamaican Woman's Daughter
as Construction Foreman
as Drew's Secretary
as Hospital Receptionist
as Party Waiter
as Party Guest
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Critic Reviews for Meet Joe Black
A savory, extralong feature whose obvious plotlines unfold with an almost painful slowness that somehow makes them deeper.
I've never encountered such dramatic flatulence, never heard so many pregnant silences that don't deliver, never watched so many close-ups that graze on actors' faces until every last trace of expression has been devoured.
Pitt, who is not asked to do much more here than behave alternately like a robot, a bashful boy and a moron, fulfills his modest tasks with aplomb. When he has to act, though, he fares less well.
You just feel like you're dragging a set of dumbbells around with you while you're watching it.
Meet Joe Black is sometimes clever and enjoyable, even touching, yet too often the film makes you feel as if you're in Sunday school.
Audience Reviews for Meet Joe Black
This movie grows on me. The story is interesting, the relationships formed are special, and the acting was great. I didn't realize until I did some research that this is the third time this story has been filmed -- the first two are called Death Takes a Holiday - in 1934 and 1971. I found the story intriguing - "Death" trying out life. I will have to see the earlier versions.
Suspension of disbelief might have helped enjoy this movie had the pacing be not so sluggish. It simply gives too much time to think about the characters' illogical actions when it ought to have moved swiftly. There are simply too many flaws in the movie to be able to enjoy it enough.
This movie really makes no sense, but I still enjoy it a lot by the grace of the willowy and wounded Claire Forlani. Death has been around since the beginning of time (just ballparking it), so how is he still so ignorant about friendship, passion, sex, success, greed, revenge - the ways of the world, essentially, including colloquialisms about Death and taxes? One would think he'd have a human dalliance every decade at least. The character is written to be a wide-eyed simpleton, and they had to pick the actor with the worst face and voice for that: Brad Pitt. He's so dead-eyed and dumb-sounding.
Meet Joe Black Quotes
|William Parrish:||"Stop blowing smoke up my a$$ you'll ruin my autopsy"|
|William Parrish:||Don't blow smoke up my ass, it will ruin my autopsy.|
|Susan Parrish:||I wish you could've known my father.|
|Joe Black:||So you understand the concept, Bill. Now multiply that by infinity, take that to the depths of forever, and you still barely have a glimpse of what I'm taking about.|
|Joe Black:||Should you choose to test my resolve in this matter, you will be facing a finality beyond your comprehension, and you will not be counting days, or months, or years, but millenniums in a place with no doors.|