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Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Posted Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at 11:20 AM

It's been quite a week for movies but not in the video rental world. This week heralds the release of Benjamin Button on DVD, but not really anything else. The rest is happening at the Box Office where the biggest movies of the year are being released.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

This movie is rather interesting as it has no real action and the plot kind of just meanders along until it hits the end, but you can't stop watching. The visual spectacle is reason enough to keep on watching.

For lack of a better way to explain this unusual film story, I have copied the description below:

"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. Directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett with Taraji P. Henson, Tilda Swinton, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas and Julia Ormond, "Benjamin Button," is a grand tale of a not-so-ordinary man and the people and places he discovers along the way, the loves he finds, the joys of life and the sadness of death, and what lasts beyond time.

The process of watching Brad Pitt age from 80 to 1 is amazing and the effects won the filmmaking team an Academy Award for special effects and makeup. The story is heartwarming yet slightly distant which was a slight misstep for me as I wasn't attached to the characters nearly as much as I should have been for a character driven drama such as this. My wife was though, as she managed to cry at the end. There is at least one good laugh in the entire flick about getting hit by lighting and it's a great one. If the visual effects and heartwarming story don't make you want to watch this film - the lightning bit is so funny that it's worth watching just to see that.

Benjamin Button is a great film with slight pacing issues, but that doesn't distract from the masterpiece. This is a film you shouldn't miss.

Last Chance Harvey

I didn't watch it so here's the description:

New Yorker Harvey Shine (Dustin Hoffman) is on the verge of losing his dead-end job as a jingle writer. Warned by his boss (Richard Schiff) that he has just one more chance to deliver, Harvey goes to London for a weekend to attend his daughter’s wedding but promises to be back on Monday morning to make an important meeting — or else. Harvey arrives in London only to learn his daughter (Liane Balaban) has chosen to have her stepfather (James Brolin) walk her down the aisle instead of him. Doing his best to hide his devastation, he leaves the wedding before the reception in hopes of getting to the airport on time, but misses his plane anyway. When he calls his boss, he is fired on the spot.

Drowning his sorrows at the airport bar, Harvey strikes up a conversation with Kate (Emma Thompson), a slightly prickly, 40-something employee of the Office of National Statistics. Kate, whose life is limited to work, the occasional humiliating blind date and endless phone calls from her smothering mother (Eileen Atkins), is touched by Harvey, who finds himself energized by her intelligence and compassion. The growing connection between the pair inspires both as they unexpectedly transform one another’s lives.

That's it for this week. Look forward to next week and we've got Taken and the new Underworld. Follow me on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/divinefilms for movie review tidbits the minute I watch a flick.

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Cody Dame is the CEO and owner of three local McCook Businesses, Game On, Spotlight Studios and Divine Productions. He also manages to work for the McCook Daily Gazette.