The 1934 film DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY, this film's loose inspiration, is most fondly remembered by people who haven't actually seen it. It's a classic clunker in which Frederic March's painfully uncharismatic Death-made-flesh spends a long 79
minutes with a villa full of privileged flibbertigibbets. By comparison, three hours of Brad Pitt sparking with Claire Forlani fairly fly past, though for all its epic length the story is dead simple. Tired of being greeted with wailing and gnashing of teeth, Death appropriates the body of a
handsome youth (Pitt) and invites himself to stay with filthy-rich media mogul William Parrish (Anthony Hopkins), who happens to be a hellu...