Take me back a few years, and I would never have even thought of putting the words “Will Smith” and “Best Actor” together. However, just like his ever-evolving career, The Fresh Prince just keeps on getting better. Beginning as a rapper and a sitcom star before heading to the big screen, Will Smith may have finally reached his winning moment with Collateral Beauty.
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It is a story about Love. No, not your typical cheesy happily ever after fantasy. Will Smith and company make you feel the different kinds of love -– Eros (romantic love), Philia (platonic love), Storge (bond of empathy/family), and even to a certain degree, Agape (unconditional love) – through not just their speaking lines, but more evidently in the silent moments of facial expression.
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It is a story about Time. Whether linear (like the seconds, minutes, hours, and days of our lives) or an illusion, the relationship between the characters of the movie shows what time does to people. If there was any champion case for the overused slogan “Time heals all wounds”, Collateral Beauty would be it.
It is a story about Death. It also talks a lot about Life after Death. If anything, Will Smith and the rest of the Oscar-worthy cast of Collateral Beauty talk about it indirectly, while showing it to the viewers is full detail and high definition.
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Just remember to notice the Collateral Beauty.
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