One of the only Brad Pitt swooning movies I’ve ever really gotten into (besides Burn After Reading) was Meet Joe Black. How could you resist the blonde hair and the quivering lip? You couldn’t. Case closed.
And I’ve always made fun of him for being a terrible actor! You know, like Keanu Reeves bad!
And then I saw The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Um, this movie was pretty much AMAZING.
I have to say, though, that if we’re going to look at how true this film is to the actual story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, well, it isn’t. The only similarities it holds is that the main character shares the title name, and the idea of aging backward. Everything else–Benjamin’s tenure at Harvard, him fathering a son, him being a football star, his love-loss toward his wife, the time and place, not to mention the fact that his family does NOT abandon him–just didn’t happen. At all.
Somehow, some screenwriter made up this whole story about this dude who ages backward…that happened to last three hours. Seriously. It was epic.
Starting with the birth of old man Benji, and ending with his death as a baby, all framed around his love’s death during Hurricane Katrina. Epic? Epic.
And of course, like anything so epic that makes you swoon just so, it’s definitely a love story.
In short, Benji meets Daisy when they’re both the same age, although he appears 70-something, and she is around 7 or 8. They have an instant connection, and keep coming back to one another, and despite obstacles, end up together, when they both appear to be about the same age.
And there might have been some sexy scenes, and my friend captured the moment best when she said that she couldn’t help but salivate. Seriously. Brad…still has it. OH LAWD!
That said, let’s look at the movie without the side of manmeat.
Cinematography was beautiful, and antiquated, as it often is in epics. A lot of muted hues and melancholy mists shrouding the images. Clearly, special effects and makeup deserve major kudos, bringing Brad from ages 80 to 15, and all those between. It was actually kind of creepy when he got into his adolescent years, and there was definitely strongly controlled lighting.
Acting was also pretty awesome. Cate Blanchett as a ballerina? And Tilda Swinton as a woman who would swim across the English Channel? I didn’t even know she was in the film!
By no means is this film perfect. However, I will say that those three hours passed without me once wondering when it was going to be over. Oh, and by the way, I love David Fincher. Yes, the same guy who directed Fight Club (my favorite Brad movie, actually), directed this film. A total switch in genres, yet they both have their air of mystery and magical realism.
✯✯✯✯✯ (Pay the full price…just see it)