Thursday, April 30, 2009
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Review
Color me bummed. I was pretty excited to see this movie as I feel that if Angelia Jolie or Brad Pitt are in it, it's worth watching. Unfortunately, that was not as much the case with Benjamin Button.
The movie has quite an interesting plot. Mr. Button's wife dies while giving birth to their child. He is distraught and the child is hideous, so he takes the baby and leaves it on the porch of an old folk's home, where it is brought in and raised by Queenie, a black woman that lives at the home and takes care of the people there. A doctor is quite shocked by how the baby is in the same condition as a man in his eighties would be and does not see a future for him. Queenie names the baby Benjamin and keeps him because she knows that every baby deserves love.
As years pass, Benjamin gets older, but still looks like an old man. He continues to live in the old folks home, where he seems to fit in, but has to watch all the residents die. At one point, he meets Daisy, who is the granddaughter of one of the patients. They grow up as friends and eventually fall in love. Cate Blanchett plays this character as an adult.
At 17, Benjamin goes off on his own and continues to age in reverse and experience things in ways that only he can.
I found this movie to be incredibly boring. It was too bad because the idea was great, but the film itself was long and full of useless bits. I did not like how they did flashbacks from Daisy and her daughter reading the story to it actually happening. This seemed unnecessary. The make up was brilliant, which is why it deserved the Oscar it won. Otherwise, this movie fell flat in my book.
Family Time Factor: This is not something young children would enjoy. I would say this would be more of a "date night" movie as it's not something for the whole family.
MOTR Grade: C
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is available on Blu-Ray and DVD May 5.