We may make jokes, memes, and self-deprecating social media posts, but all kidding aside, I think we can all agree that 2016 really was a hard year. From icons lost, to natural disasters, to war and political unrest and upheaval within the country and across the world, there's an air of defeat. It's disheartening and discouraging and quite honestly, depressing. But, sometimes, something special comes along just when we need it. According to actor Jacob Latimore, Collateral Beauty is a film that reminds us that the world isn't quite so bleak.
At the premiere of the movie in New York City, Latimore explains to Bustle that what gets reported in the news, "makes it seem like the world is very, very, very dark." The actor continues, wisely pointing out the current social psyche, "Like... darkness is the only thing that exists. I think that can get inside people's heads."
One can't discount that the reporting on those tragic events, however upsetting, is vital. It's just that, sometimes, it truly does feel as if tragedy is the only thing we have to cling onto. Collateral Beauty, which stars Will Smith, looks at these unfortunate situations differently. Per ComingSoon.net it's about "how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty."
Latimore understands how important a movie like that is at a time such as this. The actor goes on to explain that Collateral Beauty is perhaps just what the doctor ordered for those feeling downtrodden.
"I think this movie represents that there is a light at the end of the tunnel," he says. "There [are] those pockets of light, sunshine, in a world of darkness. As cliché as it sounds, it's very true."
Collateral Beauty may be a work of fiction and a holiday movie, but that doesn't lessen its relevance and timeliness. Sure, it's not a cure all nor a solution, but perhaps it's the pick-me-up needed to revitalize our not-so-stellar outlooks.