Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (David Fincher, 2008)


No one will argue that this sentimental-whimsical behemoth was designed and produced with a concrete purpose in mind beyond bagging a bundle of Ampass gold (and maybe dollars). David Fincher apes Robert Zemeckis, Brad Pitt ages backwards (the CGI gives much better face than he does) and the first two hours are soul-crushing. And yet, in the closing hour, as the odd tragedy at the core of F. Scott Fitzgerald's original short story breaks through, neither the pandering nor the staggering silliness that is the Hurricane Katrina framing device manage to fully mute its resonance.

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