Helen Mirren has been in so many wonderful movies and played some truly amazing character over the years, but when it comes to her latest effort the critics have been less than kind.
Helen is currently starring in Collateral Beauty with an all-star ensemble including, Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley and Will Smith. While it sounds like a winner from the get-go the first lot of reviews are in and some of them are so harsh they’ve ended up going viral around the world.
“This horrifyingly yucky, toxically cutesy ensemble dramedy creates a Chernobyl atmosphere of manipulative sentimentality, topped off with an ending which M Night Shyamalan might reject as too ridiculous. At the end of it, I screamed the way polar bears are supposed to when they get their tongues frozen to the ice.” – The Guardian, one star.
“You’ve heard the expression ‘dumber than a bag of rocks’? Well, the bag of rocks sold a screenplay, and I’ve just seen the movie that’s been made from it. It’s called Collateral Beauty, and it’s as deep as an inspirational kitty poster and twice as cutesy.” – Groucho Reviews.
“It’s near impossible to make a movie with no redeeming features — but damned if Collateral Beauty doesn’t hits the zero-stars jackpot.” The movie is “a sinking ship that churns the waters from absurd to zombified with frequent stops at pretentious.” – Rolling Stone, zero stars.
“Smith … seems fully committed to playing the role of a human frown-face emoji … A Collateral Mess.” -Entertainment Weekly, C-.
“It’s amusing for a while, watching these very talented people trying to sell this plot line. But after a while, too many questions take over: Why does Winslet’s character leave sperm-donor brochures out on her desk? Does anyone at this ad agency ever do any work? Did I actually just hear the line ‘Nothing is ever really dead if you look at it right’? Dame Helen, what are you doing in this thing?” -Seattle Times, one-and-a-half stars.
It’s a big disappointment for many fans who were looking forward to seeing the film, but some say it won’t be enough to stop them from giving it a go.
After all, we all have different tastes and it’s certainly not enough to turn us off the beautiful Dame!