A drama centered on three people — a blue-collar American, a French journalist and a London school boy — who are touched by death in different ways.
Hereafter is the latest from Clint Eastwood, and it’s got the good news and the bad news about Clint Eastwood movies. The good news is it has a very good cast. The bad news is it goes on too long and it’s overly sentimental. The story here is about death. We’ve got three people who are connected by death — I know, a cheery subject — in different ways. Matt Damon is one of them but he is not very good in this. Normally, I think Matt Damon is a terrific actor, but I don’t think he has enough to do in this. He plays a psychic who doesn’t want to be dealing with death all of his life. We have a Belgian actress whose name is Cecile De France who has a near-death experience and a little boy with a twin, who are played by George and Frankie McClaren, who are probably the high point of the movie. The problem is, the movie is two hours and 10 minutes and it should be 90 minutes. So it’s too long. The setup is too long and you can see everything coming. It’s also very sentimental, very schmaltzy. I found myself completely unaffected by it, and I’m the kind of person that cries at every movie. The stories intertwine and there’s sort of a vague interest. And the cast is very good, even though as I said, Matt Damon is not very good in this one. But basically, everything just is sort of pulled out too long, so you don’t really care about any of the characters and it’s too complicated. Two stars.