His performance here restrained and quite frankly very well done. The love scene is done without nudity with close ups on the actors throughout. The end result is a strangely dysfunctional family with a lot of depth. Among the plans of the 65th birthday of Bill and a major business deal, Bill unsuccessfully tries to ignore the mysterious voice, until the voice materializes into a handsome young man in front of him. In fact like another sweeping romantic epic, Titanic, you will not feel the time going in. This results in one of the most gorgeous coupling in recent years as well as one of the most erotically intense love scenes I have ever watched. It doesn't sound like much when you say it like that, but trust me, Meet Joe Black is an outstanding film and is without doubt one of the most underrated little gems I have ever seen.
He's supposed to be a supernatural being who normally relates to the world in a completely different way, but now he's suddenly made corporeal. The characters that they play, Bill Parrish and Death, bring out a fantastic chemistry between the two performers, especially in the more comedic moments when they two are getting to know each other. A young, handsome and ambitious boy meets a beautiful, gentle and graceful girl in a cafe. The three hour running time would appears to be problematic, but alas it is not. Life can only get better. A bit of an oxymoron for sure but true nonetheless. Meet Joe Black has an indescribable effect on me whenever I watch it.
You just have to get through all the mist and cloudiness and you'll find it again. The three hours fly by and not only that, like the Oscar winning epic, this is a film that makes one instantly want to re-watch it again and again. We are so consumed with other things that at the time seem important but when you look at them closely they are trivial and it's the little things in life that bring us so much joy. The pace, like life, is slow. Forlani, who has a very unusual but intriguingly beautiful face that always looks a bit pouty, gets to pout even more, creating a bizarrely complex but effective character.
It is perhaps one of his best acting performances. What Bill never imagined is that Susan would fall for Joe, for her, is the same young man she fell in love that fateful morning but now Joe Black is death. And what happens when Death starts to learn about what makes our life so precious is really something that has to be seen. Meet Joe Black: A Netflix Original Subtitles: English, Spanish. The rest of the primary cast is just as good. This scene is one of the purest and most honest scenes in the film.
In fact like another sweeping romantic epic, Titanic, you will not feel the time going in. While I can see people preferring Death Takes a Holiday to this film, for me, Meet Joe Black is slightly better. Life can only get better. While some criticize its length and unrealistic aspects of the plot, I found it to be so captivating and quite well-made. If you watch Meet Joe Black immediately after watching Death Takes a Holiday, as I did this time around, a few things might strike you as odd and slightly negative at first. In the original, it's ambiguous whether Grazia doesn't recognize Sirki for what he really is all along.
There are so many memorable moments, like father-daughter conversations, and the scene in the coffee shop. There is an innocence about how this movie feels and it is such a wonderful picture. Obviously, Brest is not in a rush. He's not used to relating to the world in that way. Much of it is similar to David Lynch's famed pregnant pauses. Meet Joe Black has an indescribable effect on me whenever I watch it. That's a theme throughout the film, not just in its romantic relationships.
The shadow of death comes in search of someone and takes form in the body of the young man, only to begin the process of departure of the sick Bill, who begins to hear mysterious voices and recognizes that death is near. Director Brest presents the film in a more artistically filtered view than most other directors might have done. Films like The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption and American Beauty which have featured music by this outstanding composer have been enhanced by the haunting, lyrical and moving melodies he has composed and this film is no exception. Meet Joe Black wants us to look at this film and then look at our lives and realize that there is a lot to live for. Not for what is on the outside, but what it means, what it wants us to see.
The change he undergoes in the beginning and end of the film is amazing and shows just how skilled Pitt is. The many string and piano melodies are beautiful, and fit smoothly. Like peanut butter, aka tossing the ball around with your kids, aka. While some criticize its length and unrealistic aspects of the plot, I found it to be so captivating and quite well-made. Because what we take for granted, he sees as innocent and pure and magical. But when he falls for Bill's beautiful daughter, Joe threatens to change the rules. The film, while not a flop, was not the box office hit that was expected, especially considering the main casting, but if you can make up your own mind, do watch Meet Joe Black.
However, while death is the main theme of the film, director Martin Brest remembers to filter optimism into his wonderful tale in the shape of a love story between Parrish's daughter played by the beautiful Claire Forlani and Death himself. This results in one of the most gorgeous coupling in recent years as well as one of the most erotically intense love scenes I have ever watched. Because it is unique, the plot enables humor to be weaved within the dramatic and romantic elements. He's taken 2, 4, 5 and 6 years between films. He's not used to making facial expressions.
But make sure you do not miss either film. If you're a romantic not just about love, but also about life, then treat yourself and watch it. Meet Joe Black asks us to ask ourselves: is it really all that bad? She at least never meets him as Sirki rather than Death-as-Sirki. Whenever this film is aired, I'm drawn to watch it. But before he goes, the Grim Reaper pays him a visit and offers him time.