Benjamin Button

January 08, 2009 By: erik Category: Reviews 253 views

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I watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button last night. If you don’t know what the film is about, I highly recommend preserving your ignorance until viewing. That’s why I’m not providing any hyperlinks in this post. Thankfully, the folks over at IMDB put the rating at the very top of the page, so when I saw the 8.5 rating (that’s very high!), I stopped reading and watched it. It would be even better if you watched it without knowing who the lead actor is, but that’s difficult since he seems to be on the movie poster. It might not win many Oscars, although I expect several nominations, but it’s definitely worth three hours of your time.

It is truly amazing how much make-up and special effects have improved. In this movie, they make people look very realistically older and younger. The best special effects are those where you can’t tell for sure that you’re looking at a special effect.

I don’t want to say much more. But I would like to share a line in the movie that really resonated with me. I’m sure that all young adults experience this to some extent, but I think it’s especially applicable to expatriates.

It’s a funny thing about coming home. Looks the same, smells the same, feels the same. You realize what’s changed…is you.

  • Brendon

    Now you’ve seen the movie, you can read the story that inspired it. It’s short:

  • It’s on my to-see list – comes out here in a few weeks’ time, I think. I assume you downloaded it – what’s the quality of downloads like these days, and how long does it take?
    Do you ever actually go to the cinema in Spain, or are the torrents simply too convenient?

  • Way to blow my productivity today, Brendon. Thanks.

    Simon, I’m going to answer you based on the hypothetical assumption that I did, in fact, acquire this movie through nefarious means.

    The file I got was a DVD rip from the screener they send to The Academy for award consideration. The quality was excellent except for a 30-second screw-up in the middle of some unimportant dialog.

    Our nearest cinemas are 30 minutes away. I’ve lived here three years and been to the cinema three times, I think. Part of my disinterest in cinema attendance is the overdubbing culture in Spain. If I’m going to see a Hollywood movie, I’d rather hear the actual actors’ voices. We try to limit our cinema experiences to Spanish films. Two of the three cinema visits were Princesas and Volver. So yes, torrents are simply too convenient.

  • It might not win many Oscars, although I expect several nominations…

    First part of prognostication confirmed. Benjamin Button gets 13 Oscar Nominations. Looking bad for second part…