There is a new Christmas movie heading to theaters this year and the buzz is building — even if it is getting late in the year. Will Smith is starting to promote Collateral Beauty, which is due in theaters December 16th.
The film tells the story of a man — Smith, apparently — who suffers a personal tragedy and is trying to put his life back together. The film has an all-star cast of Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Edward Norton, and Keira Knightley. Billed as a “dramedy” Smith says the film is a curious mix of “It’s a Wonderful Life” and the “Wizard of Oz”. Smith says “It’s a smart, funny, and heartwarming Christmas story about reclaiming one’s life and love.”
This is no big studio film project. In fact, the movie opens opposite the new Star Wars film set to release the same day, pretty much guaranteeing the film will be an after thought for most. Smith says the cast all worked at cut-rate levels because the project was largely a labor of love. “Every once in a while you get a screenplay and by page 10 you are in. You just go, ‘OK, I’m making this one.’ Also, this film has one of the best endings of any film I’ve ever been a part of. It just sucker punches you out of nowhere. It’s that rare combination of being hilarious and also deeply profound.”
We should be seeing a trailer or two for the film hopefully sometime soon.