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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (The Criterion Collection)
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I liked this movie and thought it was very well made. It's long and meanders slowly through Benjamin's life, which is really pretty much like anyone else's life except that he was born old and then gets younger - a stretch of the imagination, but the aging is so well done that I could accept it. The episodic nature of the film made it seem like one of those movie trailers that shows a peek at an exciting scene then fades to black, shows another bit of excitement and fades to black, and it went on like that for 160 minutes. Since Brad Pitt's make-up is so convincing at many stages of life, I really only felt like it was him in one or two short vignettes when he appeared as his actual age (and then he was so handsome!). He gives a very touching and understated performance.
Cate Blanchett plays the young girl who meets him when he's old; their paths cross often over the years and they both meet in the middle at one point. She's very good and also ages convincingly to her eighties. The movie is a bit like "Forrest Gump" in that it shows America changing during one naive and vulnerable man's life. The theme is love enduring over the years and the inevitable losses we all face; I sobbed several times. It's a very thoughtful and gentle movie. Highly recommended.
This film is a very moving and emotional portrait of life as an outsider and as someone who doesn't belong. Brad Pitt delivers perhaps his best performance ever. There's some great interaction scenes and emotional portraits of people who seem to suffer in their own way just as much as Pitt's character does. It's painfully long at 2hrs40mns but otherwise a fine film well worth a rental.
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Had to have this in my collections.Anything Brad Pitt what's not to love. This movie is super sensitive and well written. Love it.Published 4 months ago by dupe
This sounded like a rather original idea for a story but what a bore it ended up being. I was ok with the premise being too far-fetched to be true but the movie seemed to have no... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Geraldine