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Col­lat­eral Beauty Rated M Stars Will Smith, Ed­ward Nor­ton, Kate Winslet, He­len Mir­ren and Keira Knight­ley Di­rected by David Frankel Screens at Moon­rise Cin­ema on Satur­day, March 4, at 7pm. Visit moon­risecin­

Af­ter the death of his six-year-old daugh­ter, Howard (Will Smith) be­gins writ­ing let­ters to Death, Time and Love.

His col­leagues try un­con­ven­tional meth­ods to try to re­con­nect with the once dy­namic ad­ver­tis­ing ex­ec­u­tive who has re­treated from the world.

Whit (Ed­ward Nor­ton), Claire (Kate Winslet) and Si­mon (Michael Pena) hire ac­tors to play Death (He­len Mir­ren), Time (Ja­cob La­ti­more) and Love (Keira Knight­ley) who in turn con­front Howard over his let­ters to the uni­verse.

His busi­ness part­ners rea­son their an­tics will ei­ther give them the proof they need to re­move him from com­pany du­ties be­cause he is un­hinged or, al­ter­na­tively, force him to face up to re­al­ity and start liv­ing again.

A pri­vate de­tec­tive (Ann Dowd) is also brought on board to film his in­ter­ac­tions with Death, Time and Love to use as proof of his in­sta­bil­ity.

His ques­tion­ing of the uni­verse and his friends’ in­ter­ven­tion have un­ex­pected results for Howard and also force his busi­ness part­ners to face some stark re­al­i­ties.

Emo­tional con­nec­tion with at least one of the char­ac­ters should have been easy, con­sid­er­ing the premise of the story.

Alas, Smith’s griev­ing fa­ther lacks di­a­logue of sub­stance and his col­leagues’ morally ques­tion­able ac­tions keep the au­di­ence at a dis­tance.

It’s not of­ten that the clos­ing min­utes of a film ex­tract all-round groans from the au­di­ence but this is one thing Col­lat­eral Beauty did achieve.

An all-star cast couldn’t stop the film from col­laps­ing into a sen­ti­men­tal heap that fin­ishes with an over­dose of sac­cha­rine scenes.

Pic­ture: New Line Cin­ema

He­len Mir­ren as Brigitte and Will Smith as Howard in Col­lat­eral Beauty.

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