Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Review

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is quite a lovely film. It's about a guy named Benjamin Button who is born under unusual circumstances because he ages in reverse. The movie tracks his life story as he goes through this strange aging process and tells a tale of war, death and love.
Now, ya'll are reading this summary and thinking, "Hey.. that's Forrest Gump without the aging thing." Well yeah it is. Matter of fact the same guy who wrote Forrest Gump wrote Benjamin Button to. Personally I preferred Forrest Gump but that doesn't make Benjamin Button any less of a fantastic movie.
The film is directed by David Fincher who is in my opinion one of the greatest new directors of our time. He is the man who did Se7en, Zodiac and Fight Club one of my favorite films of all time. I'm actually hoping he wins the Best Director award over Danny Boyle because it's bee a long time coming for him.
I don't get what is so great about Brad Pitt's performance here. Is it the accent or something? Cause that was the only thing he changed when he's playing Benjamin Button. Hey, Oscar people.. just because an actor is in a movie that's nearly 3 hours long doesn't warrant him a best actor nomination.
Now lets be fair, this is one of Brad Pitts stronger performances in a long time but he has done so much better like in Fight Club and 12 Monkeys. He was just okay to me in this one.
I felt the better performances of the film came from the smaller characters. Taraji P. Henson is fantastic as the mother figure of the film who practically flowing with unconditional love like Mother Theresa or something.
Tilda Swinton finally plays someone likable for once as Benjamin Buttons first love and she is an absolute goddess in the film. Jared Harris was great to as the sort of Lieutenant Dan of the movie. I found all these characters much more interesting to watch than Brad Pitt.
But I absolutely loved the make up in this movie man. They must have drowned brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett in heaps of make u because their characters go through man different ages i the movie and the make up looks so believable to the point i thought it was all CGI! The best one was when they made Brad Pitt look 19. Wow!! Imma sure girls would have swooned like they saw Edward Cullen without the pasty whiteness. Totally support this movie winning best make up.
The cinematography and art direction of 1940's New Orleans is absolutely stunning. I also really liked that train station clock thingy. You know.. the one where the needle is moving in the opposite direction? That clock is pretty hahahaha.
Benjamin Button is a fantastic film that is a more dramatic and magical version of Forrest Gump and has the sexy Brad Pitt in it who does do a decent job. But it might not be for everyone cause it's long. And when I say long, I mean 3 hours long.

RATNG: 8/10

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