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Old 12-25-2008, 08:00 PM   #1
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The Bi-Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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Opened today.

I'm a bit of a wreck. I wasn't bawling in the theatre or anything, but I just came out with a light head and heavy heart. Pretty draining, and yet there are enough moments of levity and beauty to keep it aloft.

I could have done without the hummingbird crap (shades of Forrest Gump's floating feather?), but the speech to Julia Ormond's character was rather inspirational. So in a film about loss, death, regret, missed opportunities, etc. there's some hope to take with you, and the notion that you can always start over as there are no rules to the game.

Blanchett was phenomenal. It didn't seem like she was doing too much, but she really takes over from a POV perspective in the final movement of the film, and when you stack that alongside her work as the worldly, selfish younger Daisy, and as the bedridden old woman, it's rather staggering what she's done.

Pitt certainly plays a more passive character, but is what he does here any less of an achievement than Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump, minus the silly accent? Pitt's best performances are ones where he's allowed to use his eyes and expressions to react, and I thought he did all he had to do to carry the story.

Fantastic all around. Fincher for president.
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On my weekend agenda.
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i wanted to see it tonight but was outvoted. i will be seeing it saturday though, even if i go alone.
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Yeah, I'll see it some time in the next week.
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Benjamin Button is buying a ticket to see me in the theater some time in the next week.
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i really want to see this.. thanks laz for the review..
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I will go see it, assuming the snow goes away and the coming rain/melting snow doesn't flood me out.
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Looks like the film did pretty well at the box office yesterday. If word of mouth is good, which it looks like it will be, this could get big. I can see ads like "See it with your grandparents" or something. A lot of cross-generational appeal.
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Looks like the film did pretty well at the box office yesterday. If word of mouth is good, which it looks like it will be, this could get big. I can see ads like "See it with your grandparents" or something. A lot of cross-generational appeal.
Should be seeing it in two hours.
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Should be seeing it in two hours.
5 for me.
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I wasn't bawling in the theatre or anything,
Lies.
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Caught it today and loved it. 3rd fave of the year behind The Dark Knight and Synecdoche, New York.

I think that Benji and Synecdoche make an interesting pair in that they both address life, death, and the human experience, but from completely different perspectives. I'd like to watch them back-to-back when they hit DVD to really see this through, but if you've seen both, what do you think?
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I saw it as well and also loved it.

I am not as macho as Laz, so I of course did cry, but did not quite bawl. A few moments got me, early, middle and late, but the one that got me the most for some reason was the quick shot of Blanchett walking down the street with a barely walking Benjamin, having to hold his hand. I am welling up as I type this now, honestly, I'm not sure why.

Anyway, seeing Milk, Slumdog and now this in a week has been a great stretch.
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