Verdict is in…Brad Pitt still has it (damnit!!)

Brad, can I just snuggle with you??
Brad, can I just snuggle with you??

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.

Seriously...crazy/awesome makeup and special effects.
Seriously...crazy/awesome makeup and special effects.

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)


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2 thoughts on “Verdict is in…Brad Pitt still has it (damnit!!)”

  1. Yes, a brilliant and moving film. I am surprised that you mentioned how you thought of him as “Keanu Reeves bad” lol… It seems that people look at Pitt as just a pretty Hollywood face, but the reality is he can actually act very well. From his roles in 12 Monkeys, Fight Club, Se7en, Babel, and now playing the title character in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button… there should be no more doubters.

    Anyway, great review… did you get the feeling it was very similar to Forrest Gump? I mean, with the same screenwriter I guess it’s easy to compare, but there were a lot of similarities, no? Just the whole “anything can happen” themes and the up and down love story and the sad, touching conclusion of both relationships. And Forrest Gump being my favorite film of all-time… I loved Benjamin Button as well.

  2. Now that you mention it, I really have no idea why I thought BP was a bad actor. I think it’s the “pretty face” mentality…like, he’s just *SO* good looking that it’s impossible for him to be a good actor, too.

    I did see the Forrest Gump-ness to the film, too. Most literally in the part where the preacher tells Benjamin to walk (Run, Forrest, run!!). Haha. Will you be reviewing this film, too?

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