Someone tell me: What happened to David Fincher? When the director who brought us uber-dark, smart films such as Se7en, Fight Club and even The Game makes a sap-filled movie the likes of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, you have to ask yourself that question. And the only answer I've been able to come up with is that he must have grown a heart. And, for Fincher, this is not a good thing.
You've heard all about Benjamin Button, surely, what with that leading man, Brad Pitt. Fangirls who want to see hot Brad Pitt, though, will have to wait. And wait. And then wait another hour. Because, for the first portion (and vast majority) of the film he's in heavy makeup, and special effects are used to further make him look like a little old man. It's not clear how they got his voice to do that, but I wouldn't call it "acting" even if it was all his own affectation. Here's the basic story of the film: An old, old, old (seriously; she might as well be dead) woman, played by Cate Blanchett is on her death bed in a hospital in New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina is approaching. Her semi-estranged daughter (Julia Ormond) is there, and Cate asks her to read from a diary. It turns out it belonged to one Benjamin Button, a man who aged backward. He was given up by his father and raised in a sort of old-folks home by a lady named Queenie (Taraji P. Henson, in a truly star-making performance; really; she comes in and steals the whole damn movie from big stars Blanchett and Pitt). As he "ages" in reverse, he comes into contact with the love of his life, Daisy (Blanchett), several times. He travels the world, fights in a war, falls in love with a married woman (Tilda Swinton), meets his real father, and more. And it could all be grand and epic -- and at times, it really is -- except for the thick layer of sap they're coated the whole thing with. You'll hardly be able to see through it, really.
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