Saturday, January 3, 2009

REVIEW: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Synopsis

"I was born under unusual circumstances." And so begins 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,' adapted from the 1920s story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards: a man, like any of us, who is unable to stop time. We follow his story, set in New Orleans from the end of World War I in 1918 to the 21st century, following his journey that is as unusual as any man's life can be. Directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett with Taraji P. Henson, Tilda Swinton, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas and Julia Ormond, Benjamin Button is a grand tale of a not-so-ordinary man and the people and places he discovers along the way, the loves he finds, the joys of life and the sadness of death, and what lasts beyond time.

Other Reviews


Roger Ebert: 2 1/2 Stars
Michael Phillips: 3 Stars
EW: Lisa Schwarzbaum: A-

Other Sites:

At The Movies: Ben Mankiewicz: See It, Ben Lyons: See It
Rotten Tomatoes: T-Meter: 73% (Fresh), Top Critics: 77% (Fresh), RT Community: 82% (Fresh)
Metacritic: Critics: 69 out of 100, Users: 7.0 out of 10
Yahoo Movies: Critics: B+ Users: A-

My Review

Source Material: Based on short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Action: Brilliant: Even with being a drama with little to no action sequences this movie draws you in, It is a pushing three hours but it sure don't feel like it.

Acting and Dialogue: Oscar Worthy: Brad Pitt could pull off a win at the Oscars this year with his performance. Cate Blanchett also did what she did best. I also thought it was a very good over all ensemble cast.

Cinematography: Oscar Worthy: Very Beautiful

Direction: Oscar Worthy: David Fincher at his best. He should get nominated if not win.

Sound: Brilliant: The score was magnificent.

Special and Visual FX: Amazing: I not only give props to the make-up crew on the aging proses of Brad Pitt but also the FX crew for pulling off an old four foot Brad Pitt.

Overall: A-, Very good movie, hope wins some Oscars.

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