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1998 – 情約今生 (Meet Joe Black)

Director: Martin Brest
Writers: Ron Osborn (screenplay), Jeff Reno (screenplay)
Stars: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Claire Forlani





媒體大亨Bill正在考慮與另一間傳媒機構合併,並且準備慶祝65歲的生日,但因Joe的出現而發生變化。Bill的小女兒Susan在一間餐廳偶遇一男子,有一見鍾情的感覺,後來驚見那神秘男子在她家中出現,並終於知道該男子叫Joe Black,而Joe與她爸爸有特殊的關係。Susan的男朋友Drew對Joe有莫大敵意,因為他感覺Susan對Joe有好感,而且Bill突然改變對合併的態度,所以一直想知道Joe的來歷,但一直不得要領。

Brad Pitt在這電影中有閃亮的感覺,的確很英俊及吸引。他飾演的死神欲想離開工作去窺探世界,他猶如白紙般:試吃花生醬、初吻及等一次與女主角有親密接觸,感覺他演得蠻不錯,甚為討好。

這電影無疑是浪漫片,但其實又不全是。Bill富可敵國,但死神來了,誰也不可逃避,但他並沒有選擇任意享受,反而用僅有的時間盡力完成他的計劃。他反思自己建立傳媒機構的初心,就是為社會問題發聲,猛然發覺提出合併的另一間傳媒機構跟他的原則不同,所以最終力排眾議,擱置合併計劃,希望將他一生的心血繼續能沿用他的初心承傳下去。

片中也有探求什麼是真愛:「愛是激情,迷戀,不能沒有對方,神魂顛倒。尋找一個愛你愛得瘋狂,你也一樣愛他愛得瘋狂的人。怎樣可以找到?聽從你的心,不要怕冒險,因為唯有如此生命才有意義。在人生旅程中沒深愛過,等同沒生活過。」Susan與Drew的男女朋友關係,並沒有以上所說的特質;但當Susan遇上Joe,卻令她怦然心動,在餐廳分開時,兩人多次欲轉身尋回對方。

不過,愛不等於佔有:「只顧得到自己想要的,這不是愛。只是滿足私慾,呈一時之快。但缺乏了最重要的:信賴、責任、承擔自己的選擇和一輩子信守諾言。最重要的是,不傷害你愛的人。你説你愛她,但是你不知道怎樣愛她… 你說她愛你,但她根本不知道你是誰。」死神後來學懂了不帶走Susan,更復活在餐廳與Susan偶遇的男子,把自己心愛的女人讓給了另一個男人,希望她能活得幸福及精彩,徹底實踐了愛是成全、無私、承擔、遙望和祝福的真諦。

除了男女之愛,也有說父女情。Bill有兩位女兒,大女兒Alison,小女兒Susan。Alison一直知道爸爸偏愛Susan,生日蛋糕的風波的確令Alison傷心,不過多年來也沒有令她憎恨Susan或爸爸,因為她知道爸爸也愛著她,只是人始終有偏愛,那並不是問題。相信很多家庭也有這樣的情況,所以Alison的情節,看時也不禁有點滋味在心頭。



Love is passion, obsession, someone you can’t live without. I say, fall head over heels. Find someone you can love like crazy and who will love you the same way back. How do you find him? Well, you forget your head, and you listen to your heart. And I’m not hearing any heart. Cause the truth is, honey, there’s 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. But you have to try, cause if you haven’t tried, you haven’t lived.Bill
Joe Black: I don’t care Bill. I love her.
Bill: How perfect for you – to take whatever you want because it pleases you. That’s not love.
Joe Black: Then what is it?
Bill: Some aimless infatuation which, for the moment, you feel like indulging – it’s missing everything that matters.
Joe Black: Which is what?
Bill: Trust, responsibility, taking the weight for your choices and feelings, and spending the rest of your life living up to them. And above all, not hurting the object of your love.
Joe Black: So that’s what love is according to William Parrish?
Bill: Multiply it by infinity, and take it to the depth of forever, and you will still have barely a glimpse of what I’m talking about.
Joe Black: Those were my words.
Bill: They’re mine now.
I’ve felt loved, and that’s all that matters. So, never mind favorites. You’re allowed to have one. The point is, you’ve been mine.Alison
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 had our ups and downs. But we’re all together, and you’re mine for a night. And I’m going to break precedent 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.” Sixty-five years. Don’t they go by in a blink?Bill
Bill: It’s hard to let go, isn’t it?
Joe Black: Yes it is, Bill.
Bill: And that’s life… what can I tell you.
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