K = one boy E = another boy S = the girl
S: GUYS, I’m so excited. It’s the beginning of OSCAR season and we’ll be watching both OSCAR buzz worthy and good popcorn flicks the next few weeks. One year E and I saw THREE OSCAR NOMS in one day! I’m so pumped! And we will try to be getting you more reviews during this time since it is the awards season. (Yes, I will be discussing dresses, etc. at the awards shows in some of the ensuing reviews). We start our OSCAR watch with Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
E: I’ve been looking forward for this movie for a long time, having remembered that I read the F. Scott Fitzgerald story a few years ago. However, once I realized I HADN’T read the same story (I read the Confessions of Max Tivoli – recommended, by the way), it didn’t matter. The movie was captivating, magical and engaging.
K: Director David Fincher’s Zodiac was an underrated masterpiece in film making so I naturally had high expectations for this much buzzed about holiday movie. Benjamin Button is very watchable for just under 3 hours, has innovative special effects, good acting with very good direction (looking forward to the director’s cut DVD).
E: It didn’t feel like 3 hours, though. The storytelling keeps you engaged.
K: However this movie falls short when compared Fincher classics of Zodiac, Se7en, and Fight Club.
S: Dude, I still have nightmares about Se7en! That movie FREAKS ME OUT. GREAT movie but totally psychologically exhausting. Zodiac was good and I’ve tried to watch Fight Club three times but each time something was wrong with the DVD so I’ve sort of given up. All I know is rule 1 of Fight Club. Back to the this review…
E: I think Benji Buttons falls just short of ‘masterpiece’ because it felt like they were trying to manufacture the grandness of this movie. They were going for a home run almost all the time. Sometimes the movie has to grow organically.
K: Will this movie get nominated for Best Picture Oscar? Pretty good chance.
E: Or maybe some acting nods? Although I don’t think Brad Pitt’s performance was Oscar worthy. Cate Blanchett or Taraji P. Henson (Shug from Hustle and Flow). It is hard out here for a pimp.
K: Does it deserve Best Picture? No. I prefer Slumdog Millionaire, The Dark Knight, and Wall-E. Benjamin Button felt like B-plus big budget Forest Gump revamp more than a Best Picture movie (written by the same dude who wrote Gump, BTW).
S: At the end of the movie I looked at E and said, “It’s Forest Gump with an H-O-T-T-I-E!” Girls, I’m not a big Brad Pitt fan but he has a part of the movie where he looks like another James Dean. YUMMY with a capital Y! I think it’s worth full price to see him! But I agree with K…
Brad Pitt Fanatics: Full Price Everyone else: Matinee or Full Price