The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Why it shouldn’t be an Oscar nominee

4 02 2009

About the only reason The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is worth watching is that you get to see Brad Pitt’s life cycle. But that’s about it.

The movie, which is in the running for 13 oscars, tried to achieve something great, but took too long getting there.  The movie runs for almost three hours, and the pace throughout the entire movie is slow. You can actually feel Button aging from within your seat.

The movie is eerily reminiscent of Forrest Gump. In fact, there is video montage comparison of the two movies, dubbed “The Curious Case of Forrest Gump,” much worth checking out (SPOILER ALERT).

Perhaps my favorite element of the movie was Benjamin’s relationship with his mother. It was the most poignant relationship in the book.  Cate Blanchett’s character evokes little sympathy and, surprisingly, is underdeveloped considering the movie had three hours to produce a meaty character.

The beginning of the movie outshines the rest of it for Pitt’s telling acting as old-Benjamin Button but falls flat on its face after Benjamin leaves home.

Hope I didn’t ruin it for you!




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