Monday, February 9, 2009

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

WORTH-IT: (David Fincher) I tend to hold F. Scott Fitzgerald in a certain high esteem. He has an apt to write flagrantly and classically, all the while maintaining an aire of unique beauty, untouched by any other story and impossible to undermine. For that reason, I immediately was curious (no pun intended) of the potential this film held. How would it be possible to carry over such deep emotion and soul, something I find irreplaceable in book to film adaptations? But, curiosity is a funny thing, and my expectations of this film quickly escalated. Luckily, Fincher knew to choose timeless faces like Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson and Brad Pitt; he knew a muted color palette would successfully carry out a feeling of nostalgia mixed with new experience; and at last, he found a way to make a short story into one of the longest movies, yet lacking one moment of monotonous lag. Fitzgerald's gentle voice and unique style completely reveal themselves through Fincher's Curious Case. Fascinating make-up and a soft artful impression leave an avid reader satisfied that much is left to the mind of the viewer, ruining no personal creativity and encouraging liberal sentiment. The story is a true definition of originality. A beautiful love story and one of genuine self-discovery, Curious Case is one not to miss. Prepare yourself for a long movie and revel in the fact that it is a treat to see the story. You'll laugh and you might cry, but overall you'll feel the warmth from the inside that shrugs off a cheesy threat, and wins over your heart.


Emily said...

Okay, so I totally forgot I watched this one on the plane to Italy, too. I'm in agreement with all you said about the way the movie was composed, but relative to the story, I found it to be entirely too melancholy. The muted colors that you mentioned probably added to that feeling. I don't know. I felt sad throughout the whole movie, always thinking, "This isn't going to end well.".

I enjoyed watching Blanchett's character mature, though. She was so petulant as a young woman, but then, as she grew older, she learned to know herself. In fact, I think I was intrigued by her character development more so than his character regression, which is ironic, given that the curious case was, in fact, about Benjamin Button.

All told, though, this was my favorite of my mid-flight flicks, I guess.

Hovden said...

I definitely agree. Unfortunately, as a result of the lengthy duration, I do not see myself watching this movie until I have long forgotten its details. It should also be noted that the film was only "inspired" by Fitzgerald and substantial changes were made to the original short story (different time periods and story lines).