Friday, January 30, 2009

Curious Case of Benjamin Button?

What's really curious about the Case of Benjamin Button is why it goes on so long....almost 3 hours? Isaac and I decided to see a movie on our last night together. A friend recommended that this was a great movie, so we went. Isaac normally has a fine sense of the cinema. The photography was excellent, some unique lens filters creating and antique patina. There were great period sets and a fun romp on a tug-boat. Different characters were truly unique: a guy who randomly was hit by lightening, a short African man, a tattooed tug-boat captain, and a mysterious English lady. But scene went to scene, went to scene, and more scenes. I think the draw was the magic of Brad Pitt looking better and better. Our theater had a majority of women in it, who delighted in the long shots of Brad Pitt looking dashing and innocent. But come on....for three hours?
What made the movie go over the top and crash was the preposterous ending (which I will spare you). It could have concluded well an hour earlier with ease. Oh well. At least Isaac and I did share a pop-corn and a good time together.


At 11:36 AM , Blogger Lukester said...

I enjoyed this film greatly, but did the ending not parallel the beginning? In one way it did and in another it did not.

I too enjoyed this film because of the development of characters, and would say that the director was intentional in drawing out these relationships to put in contrast Benjamin's relationship to his daughter...

Benjamin at one point in the film encounters someone who tells him, after some dies, that death is something we all must deal with at some point and without it, "how else would we know we loved someone? Sugar, we all end up in diapers"

One Christian reviewer asked this, "What if you were able to learn exactly what to treasure and hold dear, in life, before your independent living really began? Is that something that living life backwards would really help us learn?"

I also agreed with this reviewer that there were two very strikingly redemptive elements that our culture needs to hear:
1. We need to live life today and be present in the moment. We need not live in fear and need proper curiosity in order to experience life abundantly.
2. We need faithfulness to those we love. Though the characters engage in other relationships, both Benjamin and Daisy cannot escape the love they have for one another. And in the particular case of Benjamin who is growing younger and more attractive, he does not care that the love of his life is growing older and less attractive. His faithfulness to her is debatable at the end, but one could at least argue that his decision to do what he did was out of love.

I would agree with their assessment that, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” touches, sometimes only briefly, on abandonment and attachment, familial bonds, friendship and pretty much any other valuable things of human life you can lump into that."

At 11:43 AM , Blogger donnjohnson said...

It was still too long!!


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