Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Benjamin Button

Yesterday, Rob and I took in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and I believe curious is the right word for it. It was long (3 hours) and did not keep it's momentum going enough. It did have it's endearing parts, which I'll get to in a minute, but to make it official - thumb to the side, wait for the Redbox. Know that there is quite a bit of sex and Brad Pitt's deriere...view at your own risk.

Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we do not take.
~Benjamin Button

I texted myself this quote. We are each given many different opportunities in life to do great good, or great evil, to take risk or play it safe or maybe just to be alive. The ones we embrace and the ones we exclude define who we are in person and in character.

Have I ever told you I have been struck by lightning seven times. Once, I was... ~An old man in the retirement home

This guy was funny. He would randomly show up and say the same thing, but each time he would give a different story to go along with it. Good comedy relief in what was a sad movie at times.

Benjamin's love interest in the movie was a ballet dancer. Seeing her dance made me think of my wife who was a dancer for many years. She is my graceful swan, leaving nary a ripple as she trims across the stage. Beautiful memories...

I'll leave you with a quote from the end that will not spoil the movie for you but give you something to chew on...

For what it’s worth, it’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit... start whenever you want... you can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that stop you. I hope you feel things that you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life that you’re proud of and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again. ~Benjamin Button

If you want more review, check out Rob's blog.


jake (to the) holla said...

blah, yeah i've heard the sex/rear-nudity factor is rather high in this movie....... yay for today's culture... but anyway. intrigued by the movie, but glad to have your review knock it down a few notches from seeming like a stop-everything-and-go-see-this type of movie. Redbox definitely seems more likely

A.Groeper said...

Thanks for the warning. I'm not really a fan of Brad Pitt let alone his deriere.