Last week I called the “Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences” a bunch of leftist punks due to their formulaic, pretentious nominations for Best Picture. The flick I was most surprised to see on the list was “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. When I posted before, I hadn’t seen the film. My take was that it was probably technically good, but it would serve as a “vehicle” for Brad Pitt more than anything else (and I’m not a huge Brad Pitt fan. He’s ok, but nothing to write home about. Bottom line, it was probably a decent film, but I felt Dark Knight was better.
I’m going to talk a bit about my impressions and there will be some SPOILERish information, but nothing too specific. I’m just warning in case you are not into that sorta thing.
So, the wife and I saw it Saturday. Guess what? I was right. Special effects were really good. The story was interesting, but I always felt like there was some meaning I should have been getting but was too dense to get. There were several good performances, but I wouldn’t lump Pitt into that list. The CGI baby in the beginning showed more emotional depth than he did. Benjamin Buttons walked through his Curious life with the same look of embarrassed confusion I felt. I guess I felt a connection to Pitt. We both seemed like there was something going on here that was beyond us. Someone who had seen it suggested it had a Forrest Gump feel about it. I get what he meant. It’s not in your face about it like Gump, but there are definite parallels between the outsider, naive main characters (Gump vs Buttons) and the loves of their lives experiencing different worlds. We see the world through various points in history through their eyes. Heck, there’s even a child involved.
I don’t know… it had some good visuals, good supporting cast and some nice little humorous surprises when you least expected them. All in all, I’d recommend it. I wouldn’t list it as Best Picture, though. Well, I guess if I was a socialist, I would. There’s some definite subtext of a vagrant, whimsical hero where Communist Russia is a cool place to visit and the successful business man is the bad guy, but I digress.