Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy 2009

Happy New Year to y'all, and to all, a blessed 2009.

Update 1/22/2009: This morning, "Benjamin Button" topped the Oscar nominations with 13, including one for "Best Picture."

And now, for somethin' else, a movie review.

This past weekend, we saw the recently released The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It is based loosely on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald adapted for the 20th century. You can read the full text of the story online. I haven't.

The story, and the film, is about a man who lives his life backwards -- growing younger from an old man to a baby. The film stars Brad Pitt as Benjamin Button and the amazing Cate Blanchett as his love interest Daisy. The filmmakers did a great job of creating the make-up, scenery, production design, etc. to immerse the audience in the historical times depicted in the film. And more importantly, for most of the film, the story is told from Benjamin's point of view. The fact that Benjamin is growing younger seems to only amaze his father at the beginning of the film. The rest of the people in his life take it as just the way things are. As his adopted mother, Queenie, says when she first brings Benjamin home -- "He's still a child of God."

The film follows Benjamin's life as he discovers the world. His learning of the cycle of life at the house where he lives -- a sort of nursing home -- was quite an enjoyable montage. Aside from Benjamin and Daily, all the secondary characters who intersect Benjamin's life, like Captain Mike and Elizabeth Abbott, were also well developed.

This film is well worth the approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes. After all, it's a lifetime for Benjamin Button.

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