Module 04 Written Assignment – Pick a Genre

**My chosen movie is Meet Joe Black (1998).**

Choose your favorite film of all time. If you are not a fan of film, conduct some research on notable films from cinema history and choose one that appeals to you. My chosen movie is Meet Joe Black (1998).

Please write in a 2 pages paper, describe unique features of your chosen film and genre and explain what you like and/or dislike about the genre. You are to analyze what makes your chosen film a good representation of the genre. Name the genre that your favorite film falls under (film noir, romantic comedy, the screen musical, the western, horror, suspense, thriller, documentary/docudrama, fictionalized biography, comedy drama, etc.).

Meet Joe Black is a 1998 American fantasy romance film produced by Universal Studios, directed by Martin Brest and starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins and Claire Forlani, loosely based on the 1934 film Death Takes a Holiday. It was the second pairing of Hopkins and Pitt after their 1994 film Legends of the Fall.

Bill Parrish (Anthony Hopkins), businessman and devoted family man, is about to celebrate his 65th birthday. However, before he reaches that landmark, he is visited by Death (Brad Pitt), who has taken human form as Joe Black, a young man who recently died. Joe and Bill make a deal: Bill will be given a few extra days of his life, and Joe will spend the same time getting to know what it\’s like to be human. It seems like a perfect arrangement, until Joe falls in love — with Bill\’s daughter.

Release date: November 13, 1998 (USA)
Director: Martin Brest
Music composed by: Thomas Newman
Box office: 142.9 million USD
Screenplay: Bo Goldman, Ron Osborn, Jeff Reno, Kevin Wade