The romantic fantasy drama, Meet Joe Black, was a confluence of a unique storyline with a set of incredibly talented actors. The film tackled the sensitive topic of death in such a touching and emotional manner, it tugged on our heartstrings and gave us a different viewpoint on life. The story followed Bill Parrish, portrayed by Anthony Hopkins (The Father), a successful business and devoted father who is visited on his 65th birthday by Death, who has taken on a human form as Joe Black, portrayed by Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood). The unlikely duo made a deal where Bill is given a few extra days to live while Death spends the same amount of time to discover what it is to be human. The twist happens when Death, through Joe, falls in love with Bill’s youngest daughter, Susan, portrayed by Claire Forlani (Five Feet Apart). Here are five scenes from the film that tugged on our heartstrings:
5. The first encounter
Susan first crossed paths with Joe in a coffee shop right before he met an accident and who was physically taken over by death. Their first meeting may have been brief, but it was certainly impactful. Susan instantly felt a connection with this stranger, who she was not even able to get the name of, and it was evident that she wanted to get to know about him more. It broke our hearts to witness the untimely death of this handsome stranger who seemed to have a vibrant personality and was full of life. He and Susan had just bid goodbye to each other when he was hit by an incoming car while crossing the street. It was a heartbreaking end to what was supposed to be a potentially eventful first meeting.
4. The “lightning could strike” speech
Bill always seemed to know what to say at the right time. He was in a helicopter ride with Susan when he asked her about her relationship with then-boyfriend, Drew, portrayed by Jake Weber (Medium). Continue reading