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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Rated PG-13) Gavin Grade: C+ Oscar Watch!  This film is based on an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story that I read somewhere in my high school years.  I remember the book being short, easy to read and actually...funny.  The movie is far from that.  It's long and not very funny at all.  At a running time of almost 3 hours, it's hard to say if there's anything that could be cut; probably not.  But that doesn't mean that it doesn't feel long.  It's weird too while watching it because it's a mix of "Forrest Gump" and "Big Fish" but it failed to capture the magic that both had.  I was actually hoping that it would be that "great" movie that Brad Pitt gets remembered for, just like Tom Hanks will forever be remembered for Forrest Gump.  Sadly, I don't think this will be it.  Don't get me wrong, I'm a HUGE Brad Pitt fan.  But sadly, I was let down by his performance in this.  I thought that he tried so hard in being a complacent, mild-mannered character that his mild-manneredness got in the way him portraying any sort of drama.  Maybe I had too high of hopes for this movie.  David Fincher is one of my favorite directors.  I think he's guided Pitt to amazing performances in "Se7en" and "Fight Club."  But him trying to guide him in a drama, just didn't translate; or maybe it was just this drama.  Cate Blanchet gives a stunning performance, as usual.  But watching her age in the movie is almost just as facinating as watching him.  Not because of special effects or make up, but because of her nuances and detail to character.  It sounds like I'm beating up on this movie, but don't let that give you the wrong impression.  After seeing this movie, I told my family that I thought it was "good, not great."  "GOOD, not great."  It's still a GOOD movie...just not as good as it could've been.


12/28/2008 5:47PM
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
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01/28/2009 11:44AM
ENDtern Jorden
This movie was a classic Gavin I don't really care for Brad Pitt to each his own I guess. One of my all time Favorite movies though.
06/28/2009 12:41PM
Chris Temple
This movie was great! A from me.
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