You wouldn't think a movie about death taking human form would be a snooze-a-palooza, but it is. Brad Pitt is back on the list in another real slog, but unlike Tree of Life, Meet Joe Black actually does have a story. Anthony Hopkins plays Bill Parish, a big business man about to celebrate his 65th birthday. His daughter, Claire Forlani, might marry a guy on the board of the company, but Hopkins gives a big speech about how she must wait for passionate love. Seconds later, Forlani sees Brad Pitt in a coffee shop and, though her heart's a flutter, she doesn't even get his name. Then, this happens:
So, Pitt's dead, and Death takes over his body. Now, looking like Pitt, Death tells Hopkins that his whole love speech made him want to experience an earthly life. As long as Hopkins agrees to guide him, Death will let him live. Okay, that's interesting. Then … the movie goes on for another two hours and 55 minutes. Forlani and Pitt fall in love. The audience falls into a deep sleep. Based on the 1934 film Death Takes a Holiday, the remake manages to make the character of Death out-of-control boring. Most of the movie is spent with everyone giving meaningful stares and speaking in hushed tones. By the end of its three-hour (and one minute) running time, you're praying for your own death.