Meet Joe Black tells the story of Death taking a break from his usual duties and inhabiting the body of a young man in order to learn what it is like to be human. The film covers many storylines at once, including a naive Death’s (Brad Pitt) first experiences with simple pleasures like peanut butter, his chosen guide’s (Anthony Hopkins) coming to terms with his own mortality, and a romance between human Death and a young woman (Claire Forlani).
This movie has lots of those special moments, like when Hopkins was with his daughter on a helicopter and they were talking about Love, I really like this part.
William Parrish: Love is passion, obsession, someone you can’t live without. If you don’t start with that, what are you going to end up with? Fall head over heels. I say find someone you can love like crazy and who’ll love you the same way back. And how do you find him? Forget your head and listen to your heart. I’m not hearing any heart. Run the risk, if you get hurt, you’ll come back. Because, the truth is there is no sense living your life without this. To make the journey and not fall deeply in love – well, you haven’t lived a life at all. You have to try. Because if you haven’t tried, you haven’t lived.
William Parrish: I want you to sing with rapture and dance like a dervish.
And when Hopkins was making a speech for his 65th birthday, the last one as Death is waiting for him by the bridge…
William Parrish: I thought I was going to sneak away tonight. What a glorious night! Every face I see is a memory. It may not be a perfectly… perfect memory. Sometimes we’ve had our ups and downs, but we’re all together, And you’re mine, for a night. And I’m going to break precedence and tell you my one candle wish: that you would have a life, as lucky as mine where you can wake up one morning and say, “I don’t want anything more.” 65 years, don’t they go by in a blink?