Monday, January 26, 2009

Curiously satisfying

We saw another one of the films nominated for an Academy Award yesterday – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” I really wasn’t all that anxious to see this film until it was nominated for 13 Academy Awards. With those many awards there has to be some good things about it.

And actually, there are a lot of good things. Even though the story line is very weird – living a life backwards – the way it was portrayed was very beautiful. Plus a lot of the acting was superb – Cate Blanchett, Julia Ormond, Tarajii P. Henson, Jared Harris.

However, I didn’t think Brad Pitt deserved an Academy Award nomination for his performance. He was really just being Brad Pitt kind of sleep walking through his lines whether he was portraying Benjamin as an old man or young. What deserves an Academy Award is the person who did the makeup. Not only did some of the characters need aging they needed to look younger than their years. And, that was pulled off brilliantly. I also think Blanchett very much deserved a nomination. She was excellent portraying Benjamin’s main love interest starting from her late teens until she was an old lady on her death bed.

True this movie was a long sit – over two hours and 45 minutes – and I highly recommend it. It was a perfect way to spend a late Sunday afternoon.

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