“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

I should start by saying that I absolutely love almost everyone associated with this movie, Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, David Fincher, hell, even the writer of the source material himself, F. Scott Fitzgerald. But the movie that this extraordinarily-gifted crew has cobbled together is just plain bad.

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I won’t go into detail because I know a lot of people who are seriously dying to see “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, and I was too. I mean, that teaser trailer rocked! But, sadly, trailers are not movies, amigos…

I think the kindest compliment I can give this syrupy-sweet, butt-numbingly long movie — seriously, it makes “Australia” look like a short film — is that if you liked “Forrest Gump”, you’ll love “Benjamin Button”.

And if you hated “Gump”, like Christine and I did (sorry America), then you will probably hate this movie too. Brad Pitt’s hokey, ever-shifting accent aside, there are so many Gump/Button similarilities that you could do a scholarly work on it.

Just to give you an idea of how liberally “Button” borrows from “Gump”, there is a sassy Momma character, a crazy sea captain best friend, a legless man, a thwarted longtime love born in childhood, and even a lame ongoing joke that rivals that annoying “shrimp this, shrimp that…” sequence from “Gump”.

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And yet all that said, I gotta tell ya, “Gump” is a much better movie. Yep, it seems that that old hambone Robert Zemekis has Fincher beat in the epic crowdpleaser department. And since I am not one to ever shower Bob Zemekis with compliments of any kind, you know I must have really hated “Button”. Yikes…

So, come Christmas, save yourself a little hard-earned dough and rent “Forest Gump”, or better yet, check out a truly great movie like “Frost/Nixon”, “Milk” or “Slumdog Millionaire” instead…

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6 responses to ““The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

  1. Scene it

    That was a really bad review. I’m still excited for this film, sorry you didn’t like it.

  2. Thanks for checking out our blog, “Scene It”, I really hope you like the movie more than we did.

    And if it makes you feel any better the National Board of Review named David Fincher Best Director of the Year for “Button” yesterday, so, hey, what do we know? :)

  3. That was a really good review. I’m so not excited for this film. I’m glad you didn’t love it.

  4. Melissa

    First of all, I’m so glad to know I’m not the only person on the planet who loathed Forrest Gump!

    I saw Benjamin Button the other night, and while it certainly had its problems (recurring schtick, anyone?), I didn’t think it was as bad as your review warned. There were some things I really liked, including the music by Alexandre Desplat. Would I rush out to see it again? Doubtful. Can I think of several movies that I resent more? Absolutely.

  5. Amen, sister on the “Forrest Gump” front. I still wake up screaming about the fact that Robert Zemekis beat out Krzysztof Kieslowski (“Red”) and Woody Allen (“Bullets Over Broadway”) for Best Director that year…yikes…

    Glad to hear you didn’t hate “Button” as much as we did, and I agree, the score was beautiful!

  6. i was pleasantly surprised to find out that F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote the short story upon which Benjamin Button (the movie) was based, then mention this in the opening credits

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