I was really looking forward to this movie, even though it received somewhat disappointing reviews, it still got an Academy Award nomination for Best Movie. It’s also the first Fincher/Pitt movie since Fight Club, one of my all-time favorite films. However, I quickly became bored with Benjamin Button and his weird, very non-interesting life experiences. It all reminded me of something I already had seen, just a lot better, and it didn’t take long before I realized I was thinking of Forrest Gump. All this movie was doing to me was making me want to watch Tom Hanks goofing around in the Vietnam jungle. After the movie I mentioned this to my friend, and he said the two movies have the same writer, and then it all made sense. Eric Roth simply looked at the script who earned him an Academy Award, and copied some of the big plot points.
Here be spoilers. Let’s sum of them up, shall we: First of all, both movies are about the lives, and curious experiences, of two weird men. They both work under captains, who teach them something about life, and in their childhood they both meet the love of their life, whom they can’t have until much later. In both cases, these relationship do not have happy endings. Also, the feather in Gump has been replaced with a humming bird in Benjamin Button. I’m not necessarily trying to critize Benjamin Button for its resemblence to Forrest Gump, my point is just that it was done so much better in Gump. Benjamin has lots of other experiences too, they’re just not that interesting, they don’t seem to have that not much effect on Benjamin either. Overall he’s actually a rather boring guy, and the relationship between him and Daisy (Blanchett) never seem that interesting, because their background story is kind of bland and annoying. My friend mentioned something interesting as well, this movie would’ve been marginally different if Benjamin Button was just an ordinary guy. His affliction doesn’t really affect the outcome of most his experiences, until the end. End of spoilers.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button got 13 Academy Award nominations, some of these for Best Directing, Best Script, Best Lead Role Performance and Best Picture. It deserves none of these, I like Brad Pitt but his character in this movie never really shows much emotion, so I guess he was nominated for speaking with an old man’s voice and stumbling around with make up on. The sad thing is that both Se7en and Fight Club are superior movies, and they got one nomination each, for Editing and Sound Effects. One the other hand, Benjamin Button definitely deserves to win for Visual Effects, simply astonishing.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – 5/10.