Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Benjamin Buttonitis.

As happens with the cinema, with me, I preempt the film by reading review after review, sometimes to the point of seeing it before watching the thing, if you get me. I come away disappointed more often than not.

With 'The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button' I had low expectations going into the film. Some said it was too long, that Pitt was as wooden as my makeshift ironing board, that it was nothing but a glorified piece of whimsy too yawning with Forrest Gumpitis to stand on its own as a classic.

Well, all the above is true, and it surely is no classic, but I enjoyed it enthusiastically. I can't say why, really.

Maybe for 'long' I saw unhurried.

Maybe for 'wooden' I saw subtle.

Maybe for 'whimsical' I, well, I was just in the correct humour for that kind of thing.

Also, as anyone who read my preceding entry will attest, I'm a sucker for a love story.


Sarah Gostrangely said...

Hmm...wasn't bad, but I watched it over 3 days so maybe not the best way.

Good issues suggested re: paedophilia though. Interesting.

And Blancher's a fox.

Susan said...

I wanted to see this, but was sent away by Mr. Pitt, whom I can't staaaand. Maybe I'll see it on DVD.

I'm glad you liked it, and that you don't let reviews mess things up. What will you see next?

Radge said...

She is, Sarah, stone cold.

Susan - Revolutionary Road. I've seen most else on this break.

Meadow said...


It didn't appeal to me but maybe I'll give it a go.

Unless you also enjoyed The Notebook.

Radge said...

Meadow - The perks of being single include never having to see that film.

Gypseysdog said...

Revolutionary Road? I'll give you my review to save you thinking.
Good acting. But I would have called the film 'Dizzy Wife drives Hard-Working Husband Up The Wall'

It wouldn't have pulled the punters that title I'll grant you.

Radge said...

It lacks a certain concision, alright.

adogwoof said...

Benjamin Netanyahu is your only man!

swiss said...

i find myself actually angry if gypsy's review is in any way accurate. revolutionary road was a fabulous book. i'm unsurprised, if aghast, that hollywood could reduce it to this. i'm even more determined to give it a by now.

still like the notion of watching button tho

RedLeeroy said...

ok ok, I will go and see it, but Radge, it's your fault if it is long wooden and whimsical.

Radge said...

AG - You politicise EVERYTHING!

Swiss - Button's worth your time or your money back.

Red - 'Long, wooden and whimsical.' The 12-year-old in me had a good snigger there.

RedLeeroy said...

haha, I wish I could claim to have spotted that before you pointed it out.