Friday, February 13, 2009

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

"I was born under unusual circumstances." And so begins "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," adapted from the 1920s story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards: a man, like any of us, who is unable to stop time. We follow his story, set in New Orleans from the end of World War I in 1918, into the 21st century, following his journey that is as unusual as any man's life can be.

Once again, I'm the odd one out. Despite the movie having raked in an outstanding $119,950,285 in the US Box Office (according to yahoo movies), I found the movie curiously flat and boring. I just didn't get it. Yes it was an unusual love story with the aging-backwards twist to it but what's the point? There were so many loopholes in the movie that left me dumbfounded. I so wanted the 2hour and 47min movie to end because I knew what was going to happen anyway.

Yes the effects and visuals were stunning but I would like to quote Todd McCarthy (Variety) when he said "what technology gives, it can also take away". For superficial viewers who love CGI effects, the movie is undoubtedly superb. But for people like me who look for value in a storyline, I found it so-so. The movie was so caught up in the "aging" angle that it lost the human touch and connection that I was hoping for. I was expecting to be moved and emotionally-affected by the movie but instead I was left dry and nonchalant.

I don't have much to say because I stopped paying attention an hour and a half into the movie. I wasn't so curious after all.

My rating for this movie is 2/5.

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