Monday, January 18, 2010

It's kinda sad to see a baby die....

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) was very curious indeed, it probably didn't deserve all the nominations it received, but won what it deserved. Confused yet? It was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars and Golden Globes, but didn't win any GG's and won Oscars for "Art Direction", "Makeup", and "Visual Effects". These I agree it deserves, but definitely not even a Best Picture nomination.

Sure, the concept is extremely intriguing (originally written as a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald), but the filmmakers didn't do enough with it. The acting was outstanding, Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett both shined. The visual effects were really well done. The music was sufficient; it didn't stand out as bad or good. Technically, the parts were there, but I still would have changed a few things.

First, this film was missing morality. Random sexual encounters occurred numerous times and the marriages in this film weren't good examples. The magnet-affected moral compass was troubling to me... Second, this film was really LONG. It wasn't quite 3 hours, but it felt like it. Finally, this film was missing its X-factor. The filmmakers seemed to rely on the concept of reverse aging to drive the entire film. It didn't and I was disappointed.

Benjamin Button runs 166 minutes and is rated PG-13. Sure you can show it to kids, but they would probably be bored. I give it a disappointing 6 ramheads out of 10.

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