Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Rico's Thirteen [# 4]

4.  The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Originally a short story written by the iconic F. Scott Fitzgerald, Benjamin Button is a beautiful piece that truly and genuinely encompasses the amazing journey of a man who ages backwards through time. Brad Pitt as the lead character of Benjamin, delivers a performance for the ages, counting among one of his best ever. David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network) comes through again with another marvelous movie further increasing his reputation as a inconsistently amazing director, using innovative techniques and working on a wide variety of different movies that display his directorial flexibility. Just a gorgeous plot line and enthralling moments with a unique group of characters. And although this movie is often compared to a little small time classic called Forrest Gump (sarcasm intended) for its similarities (I'm looking at you southern accent and chronological life order), Benjamin stands on its own as its own separate entity and in my opinion, outshines its competitor. I really don't want to spoil anything for you so just please do yourself a favor and watch this movie yourself. I promise you, it is incredible. I think the most beautiful thing about this movie is even if Benjamin was one of his kind, his struggles, his hopes, and his dreams are so relatable to any common man, that you can't help but sympathize with Benjamin and feel fully engaged in every moment he lives through. This was just one of those movies that you never wanted to end. A magical, humbling, and just a truthfully selfless movie experience awaits this curios case.

Memorable Quotes:

Benjamin Button: "It's a funny thing about comin' home. Looks the same, smells the same, feels the same. You'll realize what's changed is you." 

"Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss."

"You can be as mad as a mad dog at the way things went. You could swear, curse the fates, but when it comes to the end, you have to let go."

1 comment:

  1. Rico, thank you for your last response to my post about my mom. I was such an emotional wreck that night/morning from the trip to the hospital that I decided to turn my anguish and feelings into my new post for this week. Yes, the situation she and I are going through is something I would never wish upon anyone else to experience.
    As for this post of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", I still haven't seen the movie yet but reading your review of it compels me to do so! LOL. Maybe a trip to Red Box or whatever it's called at the market, should do the trick in crossing this film off my "To See List".