Collateral Beauty Film Analysis

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The film ‘Collateral Beauty’ is based on the life of a successful New York advertising executive named Howard Inlet, who is the majority shareholder at a high-powered advertising agency. Two years ago, he suffered a big tragic situation that produces a great impact on his life. Howard begins to question everything and every meaning there is to life and believes that love, time and death are the foundations of all successful advertising because these three ideas connect everyone. He states that we long for love; we wish we had more time, and we fear death. Howard seeks to find answers by writing letters to these ideas and with the idea of Whit, Claire and Simon, encounters these abstract concepts, with it bringing unexpected response. He then begins to understand and see how his situation and grief…show more content…
Based on the beliefs regarding men and women in society, gender roles and gender stereotypes have been created in order to label men and women into distinct categories, giving great disparity between the two in regards to what behaviors and characteristics are expected of them. There were both issues of gender roles and gender stereotypes throughout the film, ‘Collateral Beauty’. Women were stereotyped as dependent, sensitive to others’ feelings and supportive, whereas men were stereotyped as dominant, logical and aggressive. An example of this stereotype towards women is seen among Claire, a friend and business partner of Howard, Amy, a struggling actress who helped with the plan to make Howard seem mentally unbalanced while portraying the role as ‘Love’ and also Madeleine, a lady who lost her daughter and lead a grief supportive group. Dependence can be seen throughout the film when Claire agreed to engage in the plan to overthrow Howard of his job and sell the company. At first, she was
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