I went to see Hereafter this evening. On the surface the subject matter sounded pretty grim, what with it being about death and the afterlife, but Clint Eastwood directed it, so I thought I’d give it a go.

The overriding thing I can say about the film is it was very gentle. If this were standard Hollywood crap there would have been X-Files type revelations or flash ghostly effects. As it was, there was none of that. It was just the characters and how death and the afterlife had affected their lives. Very understated and told at a gentle pace and in no way challenging. I want to say words like “nice” and “pleasant”, but they sound a bit insulting, but I don’t mean them to be.

If you like spooky psychic stuff this definitely is *n0t* the film for you.

Matt Damon and Bryce Dallas Howard worked really well together. She had quite a small part in the film, but her character was definitely the highlight for me. The other actors were a bit out of their league in comparison, except for the cameo of Derek Jacobi playing himself. If he had got that wrong it would have been a bit sad. 🙂