Hereafter (2010)

Hereafter (2010)
Hereafter (2010) DVD / Blu-ray

By: Henry J. Fromage (Five Beers) –
How many beers do you recommend for this movie?
1 Beer! A Toast! Great Movie!2 Beers! Good Movie!3 Beers! Okay Movie!4 Beers! Mediocre Movie!5 Beers! Awful Movie!6-Pack! Bad movie! Do not be Sober!

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Like a favorite uncle, I never imagined Clint Eastwood would do this to me.Sure, some parts of Invictus were like catching Uncle Bill with a picture of you in your underwear, but they seemed like they had simple, harmless explanations.Then Hereafter happens, and you know you’ll never fully trust anything else ever again.

A Toast

The first beer is a kind of toast to what might have been.You’ve got Oscar heavyweights Eastwood, screenwriter Peter Morgan, and Matt Daaaymon tackling a subject that we all wonder about to some extent, the question of life after death.Damon and Cecille de France give solid if not quite good performances and the camerawork and direction are the steady level we’ve gotten used to from Eastwood.The movie begins with a pretty sweet CGI disaster, definitely not the director’s forte, but it turns out to be easily the best part of the film.

Beer Two

For the rest of it, you may prefer to deliver the beers by striking them against your head to dull the outrage.The nearly hypnotic dialogue mixed with the sandman’s song that is the soundtrack work together to put you in a daze so deep that you begin to wonder whether you’ll ever get out again.This isn’t helped by the fact that after the first 20 minutes, nothing else happens… nothing.

Storyboards for minutes 15 to 130.

Beer Three

This movie is the most effective argument against suicide I’ve ever seen.At least there are alternatives to standing around staring at each other silently in real life.You’d want to kill yourself about three hours into eternity, but I’m assuming you can’t… which I guess makes it hell.

Heaven, apparently.

Beer Four

Another beer must go to Dallas Bryce Howard.While usually both attractive and talented, for some reason she plays this role as a desperate creeper.

Yep, like your uncle.The one we talked about before.

Even before she dissolves into the hysterics you know are coming you’re done with her.If Matt Damon had the same amount of discernment the movie would have been a lot more tolerable.

Beer Five

The question of life after death is as open-ended and liberated as you could wish.You can do just about anything you can imagine as an artist when trying to describe the afterlife, and even if you take one particular view you can still run with it nearly forever.So, why do we get something that’s so bland and derivative that it makes Bea Arthur look like a porn star.

Oh God.

Bonus disturbing old woman picture!

Also, apparently Betty White is some kind of pimp.

Beer Six

Still, after all this the movie is redeemable.It offers some interesting interpretations towards the end depending on whether you think Damon’s been faking it the whole time and the ability of children to be dicks in the afterlife.Just when you’re wondering if it was worth it after all, Clint Eastwood tries to touch your naughty parts.

And Peter Morgan, to be fair.

In an entirely unnecessary deus ex machina Damon and de France’s characters come together in, as my friend described it, When Harry Meets Sally meets Death.A movie that’s been dark and contemplative for two long hours ends with a sappy audience pleaser, proving one thing… Clint Eastwood is finally turning into an old person.

Didn’t think it was possible.

Verdic

Don’t watch it.Do yourself and Clint Eastwood a favor and forget this ever happened.

 

Bonus Drinking Game

Take a Drink: every time someone has a dream or vision

Take a Drink: every time someone says “death” or “afterlife”

Drink a Shot: whenever Dallas Bryce Howard has crazy in her eyes


 

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