The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has been taking a lot of flack recently for being similar to Forrest Gump. While I did see some similarities throughout my viewing on Button, I think the comparison is a bit off kilter.
While the movies do have their similarities, I don’t think they’re as similar as people are making them out to be. They both are almost three hours long, they both tell the story of someone’s life, they’re both happy at times and depressing at others. There are other things that are similar, but they’ve very subtle, and you’re not beaten over the head with them.
Regardless of the comparisons, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is an amazing film. Notice I call it a film, and not a movie. David Fincher has managed to create a film in a day and age where everyone’s making movies. I know that concept may be lost on you, but if you see Button, you’ll understand.
While there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that Brad Pitt is a gifted actor, he certainly does a hell of a job reminding us with his performance as Benjamin Button. Every moment he’s on screen, you’re reminded of how talented he is. A lot of the voiceovers, to me, felt very reminiscent of Meet Joe Black, the way they were delivered. I’m not sure if that was intentional or not.
Cate Blanchett, of whom I’ve never been a big fan, is great in her role as Daisy, the love interest. You’ll probably read the comparison of her character to Jenny from Forrest Gump, which is understandable. The characters are very smiilar, in many ways.
Not only is the story, and cast of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button fantastic, but the way the movie was shot is beautiful. I may take flack for saying this, but anyone can get behind a camera and film a movie. But the way the director(s) of photography pulled this off is amazing. (Note: I had planned on mentioning him/her by name here, but in reviewing the crew on IMDb, they had about a dozen DOPs.) Each scene is shot in a way that’s unlike anything else you’ll see on a big screen today. It’s effective and beautiful, all at the same time.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is, hands down, a phenomenal film, and one that everyone should see. It’s beautiful, endearing, well-acted, and depressing. There’s little I can say negatively about the movie, except one thing – for a movie that’s almost 3 hours long, it seems to have ended very quickly. The entire movie, the reverse-aging takes quite a long time, until the last 15 minutes, where things seem to speed up. That may be because Fincher realized his movie was approaching three hours, or if that’s just how it was written. Either way, it felt rushed to me. That aside, I have no gripes with this movie, and will be glad to watch it again when the Blu-ray hits. You should go see Button before it leaves theaters, you won’t regret it.
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