I don’t know if you have already heard of this film as it did come out in the cinema’s last year. As soon as I saw the trailer it was something I knew I had to watch.. I will explain a short while why. Will Smith is the main character who loses his little girl and he writes letters to death, love and time.
So before I go into details about the film I little bit more I will explain why I wanted to watch this. This isn’t so easy for me to write, even the thought of it I am fighting back the tears! So here it goes… I lost my mum when I was very young and never have been to accept this, after seeing many different specialists it came to the conclusion that I have never grieved for my mum. This film seemed right up my alley as it speaks about how death, love and time have an impact on everyones live. Will Smith’s character starts to resent them as a result of the loss of his daughter.
So he writes letters to these ‘things’ to explain why he is so upset and angry. The one that got me the most was love, as he made it very obvious that he doesn’t see any love in his life after his daughter was taken. Love explains that even in the pain she is still there and I didn’t really get this but after much thinking it came to me, that no matter how hurt or sad you are it is due to the passion inside you. You must of really loved something /someone in order for it to cause you so much pain.
Love is everywhere and we can’t escape this. I think this is something that we can all take when it comes to our mental health. No matter how much we are hurting it’t there due to the love inside us for something or someone. I think we need to remember this in the times of need, remember those loved ones we could be hurting as a result of harming ourselves.
This is a film I would highly recommend to most people, especially those who have lost loved ones and haven’t really even been able to understand why this happens to them. However, it might not be the best of ideas if this is still fresh… when I say fresh I mean within the last couple of months. But if you do decide then don’t forget the tissues.
I can hear you all now.. whats does Collateral Beauty mean?
The meaning is simple, the damage of a child’s death is so dark and severe that a parent cannot see the full picture because of the tragedy. It may take a lifetime to understand that within that dark and ugly place there was a beauty and love there so strong that not even death could dishevel it ….that in fact, the beauty is that love continues even after and through death and the impact of that trauma brings us closer to the love that we shared for that person and all the ways love of that individual has affected our lives and the lives of others. The secondary beauty that has an everlasting ripple effect on other peoples lives and through eternity is what living is truly about. All about the quality and not so much the quantity. Life is a teacher and Love is the reward in all its forms. When we can see love where darkness used to reside we can finally turn our lives and those around us into something glorious.
So I do think this is something we can all take away… maybe some of us haven’t lost a child but it still applies to those who have lost any loved ones.