February 22, 2020

Revisiting "Meet Joe Black"

“Hey, it’s Claire Forlani. And there’s Brad Pitt. Why do they keep turning around to look at each other so many times? And isn’t it kind of unrealistic how Brad Pitt keeps stopping right in the middle of the street to—oh! Oh my gosh! He got hit!

Wait for it.

Oh!! He got hit!!!! Again!!!!!!!! Immediately!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Is this the end of the movie or something? Let me guess, they’re star-crossed lovers who’ve been together a long time but are forced to part due to uncontrollable circumstances culminating in Brad Pitt’s untimely, tragicomic death?

Au contraire, my friend. This scene takes place at the beginning of the movie, and they just met. She fell in love with him pretty much immediately.

Sure, it’s 1990s-era Brad Pitt, I get it. But then he immediately dies? I am confused and distressed.”

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