In Collateral Beauty, end doesn’t justify means // Brisbane Times Ipswich

The world has changed a lot from the halcyon days of 2006, but Will Smith movies haven’t. Eleven years ago, the schmaltzy The Pursuit of Happyness warmed hearts and opened tear ducts worldwide with a tale of a single father finding his way out of poverty courtesy of an Oscar nominated performance from Smith, who exuded his trademark warmth and charisma. Speeches full of maxims and Hallmark-isms are rarely more convincing than when they’re delivered by Smith. The earnestness, the lack of winking snark, hasn’t diminished in Collateral Beauty, but not even Smith’s charm (for the small part he features in) can wisen up the film.

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