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Old March 7th, 2003, 06:32 PM   #1
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Thoughts on "Meet Joe Black"

I just saw Meet Joe Black (again) on DVD. I had it lying around
for quite some time and thought it would be nice to watch again.

The movie is just under 3 hours and I was fully "into it". Much more
so than I remember when I watched it the first time (and I already
enjoyed it then). Even though it is a three hour movie I really
was enjoyed, moved and emotionally challenged for the whole
period. I really thought the story was well crafted (although I
can see why some reviewers (see below) might have a problem
with it, and it certainly needs you to "believe") and the shooting
and especially acting was superb!

Now I read some (DVD) reviews online after showing it and most
people that reviewed the movie thought it was an okay movie
but nothing spectacular (I seem to disagree). Ofcourse everyone
has their own opinion, but I was wondering what other people
here thought of the movie. Please let me know your thoughts
etc.!!

I own the Ultimate Edition on DVD and was very dissapointed
that there weren't any commentary tracks from the writers
and director. I would have really loved to get some more (inside)
information into this great piece.
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Old March 7th, 2003, 09:50 PM   #2
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Also has a really good sound track!
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Old March 8th, 2003, 03:59 AM   #3
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Especially effective when seen with a full audience, the shock-you-out-of-your-seat scene early in the film is one of the great laugh-getting suspense moments in recent cinema.

I remember seeing this film a second time just to catch the trailer for STAR WARS--Episode I... I didn't mind sitting through its entire running length at all. With some trimming, it might have been more profitable at the box office and critically better-received, but I guess the director made his choices and the studio stood behind him. (For details, read Shoot Out: Surviving Fame and Misfortune in Hollywood by Peter Guber and Peter Bart.)
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