Collateral Beauty has a great cast: Will Smith, Kate Winslett, Helen Mirren (as Death), Keira Knightley (as Love), Edward Norton, Michael Peña, and Ann Dowd. Unfortunately, there’s nothing about the film that suggests it deserves its cast, right down to its director David Frankel (Marley & Me) and its writer, Alan Loeb (the original Max Landis).
It’s about … I don’t know. Will Smith loses a child? And he starts writing letters to Death? Who comes and visits him? And so does Love? And I think it’s going for some kind of modern It’s a Wonderful Life thing, but it looks Hallmark-y.
Hugh Jackman, Johnny Depp, and Jason Segal were all at one point in the role (or negotiating for it), but it ultimately fell to Will Smith, while Rachel McAdams was originally in line for the Keira Knightley role.
Honestly, it probably doesn’t matter who stars in it, or who directs it. It’s opening against Rogue One on December 16th. It’ll be an afterthought by the 19th.