You married a wonderful woman. You're a loving father. So, you lived right. But my friend, you're not dying right.
Have you told your family yet?
You're not helping them. You're just denying them of what is right for you there.
...and the chance to say goodbye.
Time goes through you.
So I doubt that your battle with time is over.
No. I'm in all of it. I'm the darkness and the light. I'm the sunshine and the storm. Yes, you're right. I was there in her laugh. But I'm also here now in your pain. I'm the reason for everything. I am the only why. Don't try and live without me, Howard. Please don't.
When I stumbled upon CB's trailer (in facebook), I knew I had to watch it. Honestly, I don't like dramas (specifically, heavy ones and those that will make me cry) but there is something that made me want to watch this movie.
What I got from the trailer is that Howard wrote letters to Live, Time and Death. Then all of a sudden, these people/things started showing up and calling themselves as such. So I got this feeling of "wow, it has a fantasy touch whatsoever" and I definitely need to watch this.
And so, the moment of truth.
Howard is a smart and good man. He has the job and the family but then, his daugther died. He became dead inside. Nobody could talk to him or could properly converse with him. Then, something came up with their company. A lot of people will be jobless if Howard don't change the voting rights. So his friends, the ones he started the company with, had to make a move. Even though, only one thought of a way and pushed through with it. Anyway...
At first, it was so-so like "hmm, okay". Then, Amy showed up and led one of Howard's friends to this small theater practice. Not that personally led but she was followed by Howard's friend. There were three people in the theater including Amy practicing a script (an old lady and a guy). This is the start of how Howard's friend made the whole stuff. Will not go into details but I never noticed how far I was already in the movie. All the building up is took too long but I think, it was essential.
They (the three friends of Howard) would fund the play but they should pretend to be the Death, Time and Love for Howard. Because they couldn't talk to him properly, they would go into his world. They would let him talk to them and hope that it would make him unable to think properly for the company so that they can make a deal with another without having to consider Howard's shares and vote.
This is when I thought... like seriously, I thought it has some magical touch like they were really Death, Time and Love but no! They were actors! Hired actors for 20000usd each! Huhuhu I felt betrayed. Sooooo betrayed. But, I still kept on watching though I didn't have that same expectation. :(
It changed when I thought, there is something odd about this. Why is Death with Simone who is going to die soon??? And there are other things. Then, the nicest and touching lines were being said. I had a feeling already.
Howard then turned to this support group led by a woman who lost her daughter and is divorced with her husband. She talked about how her ex-husband gave a letter after their divorce stating "I wish we could be strangers again" and how they did end up being strangers. She even talked about how an old lady she met in the hospital just before her daugther died told her about collateral beauty. So I started thinking that they would end up together because she started talking about her situation and Howard can somehow talk to her. But then, whenever she asks for Howard's daugther's name, Howard couldn't answer.
Suddenly, DTL showed again and then after that, they had the meetin that Howard is not capable of thinking for the company. They had evidence. They showed the clips where Howard was angry and talking with DTL but in the video, he was talking to no one! I WAS LIKE NO WAY! Did they edit that?! Did they do that and betray their friend?! Then Howard said that it was the right thing to do. Because all of them are not in their right minds. He started talking to his friends one by one like throwing in their faces how he knew each and everyone's situation. He knew that Claire wants a family but always put the company first so he appreciates it, how Simone is sick and needs the job more than ever for his family and how he will be with Simone's family as long as he's there, and how Will was hated by her daughter but he needed to treasure his daughter no matter what. It was like something pierced my heart right then! How could his friends do that when he knew what each of them is going through? Howard signed the necessary papers and left.
Claire paid Time. But she, rather they, got more than they paid for. When Time said those things specifically that "maybe it was acting". Oh no you didn't! I felt betrayed again by my own conclusions! And so Will talked to his daugther and they got okay and then Simone paid Death and they had a little conversation. But! Death said the play they were supposed to do was not gonna push through but "nothings ever really dead if you look at it right". Thank you. I am more convinced of what is happening that moment.
After that, Howard went to their group leaders house on Christmas eve asking if he could talk with her etc. Then, she told Howard that she was watching the video of her daugther and her ex-husband dancing. She again asked Howard his daugther's name and showed him the letter of her ex.... then played the video! Not again! Howard was her ex-husband! Great! I didn't expect that! Huhuhuhu
Now, you know the twists and those betrayed moments of my feelings. Because it turns out that the old lady was really Death and she already talked to Howard's wife before. Like uhhhhhh. I hate it. They really are Death, Time and Love!!
Anyway, even though the movie has a lot of bad reviews, I enjoyed it. I CRIED. It was beautiful. I loved it. Thank you for this movie :)
I hope many will be inspired by this too.