Collateral Beauty

Watched: 10 February

Terrible film in which a man (Will Smith) tries to get over the death of his young daughter while his colleagues/friends (Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Michael Peña) unkindly drag him through some protracted screwball comedy gubbins that involves tricking him into thinking he’s seeing apparitions (the apparitions are, in fact, played by hired actors). Naturally everyone learns valuable lessons and all turns out fairly well… except for one character, who has the Big C. The impressive cast – which also includes Helen Mirren and Keira Knightley – is completely wasted. It’s a mess. (*)