The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button is a good movie. Everyone should go see it. I saw it on Christmas night and the theatre was packed and there wasn’t a dry eye in the audience. That being said, there are a number of problems that I have with it.
First of all it was way too long. Most of the time I agree with directors having ‘final cut’. The amendment that should be made to giving directors final cut should be that the film has to clock in under 2 1/2 hours. If you can’t get your film down to 150 minutes then you should be doing something else. I love David Fincher, I’ve really enjoyed his films, but at some point there has to be a ‘suit’ there who puts his foot down and says two and a half hours is enough.
The whole movie felt very familiar. Almost like I’d been there before but I couldn’t put mu finger on it. Then walking out of the theatre someone said that it kind of reminded them of Forrest Gump. Then I remembered that it was written by the same screenwriter. While watching it the fact that it was very Forrest Gump-ish didn’t really bother me. But after reflecting on Button, it is kind of annoying. It’ll be even more annoying if Eric Roth gets an Oscar nomination for writing the same movie twice.
I didn’t really have an issue with Brad Pitt’s acting in Button. Benjamin Button never really shows much emotion throughout the film. There aren’t any ‘Oscar Moments’ as a friend likes to put it. Pitt makes great decisions when it comes down to which films he’s going to do. But I can’t get behind the glamorization of Brad Pitt in movies. If he wants to that he should do more romantic comedies (see Ben Affleck or Owen Wilson). Pitt is great to look at, handsome guy to say the least, but why was a third of the movie all about showing us just how good looking he is. I can see a little bit of it in the aging theme of Button, but there were a number of shots that it seemed were simply there to make him look good. It may make more women see the movie, but to me it was a little distracting.
One last thing on Pitt. If The Academy chooses to give him a nomination for best actor it’ll be a disgrace. Again, there was no acting on his part. So do there want to nominate him because computers made him look like an old man and then an hour later he looked like Brad Pitt again?
I think that Pitt will get his trophy someday. But not for Benjamin Button.
This was a good movie with plenty of flaws. It’s a film that really makes you wrap your head around some pretty tough ideas. And a lot of the ‘Forrest Gump moments’ are pretty good. Cate Blanchett is great, as she always is. It’s not a light film so maybe that’s the reason that it felt so long. I do recommend but I really don’t think I’d see it again.