Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Postcard Perfect Picture : THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON



I never would have imagined that David Fincher,
a director better known for the violent thrillers
Se7en, The Game, Fight Club, and Panic Room,

could come up with a feature as lovely as this;
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
is simply breathtaking; haunting, almost elegiac.




It's one of the finest films I've seen,
and from the buttony opening credits
to the poignant closing montage,

I was, quite simply, mesmerized by this Curious Case.
I'll say no more; all you need to know of the story
is what you already know: Benjamin Button ages backwards.



The pleasure lies in losing yourself in the experience.
This movie should be seen, initially,
and collectively, with an audience, on the wide screen.

Much as I love and adore the medium of DVDs,
to watch this for the first time on a small screen
would be an injustice to Fincher's finest film.



And an injustice to your own inner cinema geek.
Trust me, Benjamin Button is worth your P150.00!!
Every scene is shot postcard pretty,

and Brad Pitt is Brad Pitt; and he does his best work
in films that run for over two and a half hours:
Legends of the Fall and Meet Joe Black come to mind;



and it was a stroke of casting genius to have
lookalikes Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton together.
Both have never looked so luminous.

After the pain brought about by the MetroManila FlimFlam,
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is the perfect balm.
It opens this Thursday, January 8.











P.S.

As I was watching the movie last night,
(thanks so much to Sionee of Warner Brothers
and Azrael's Merryland for the invite!!!)

I was struck by the similarities between
Benjamin Button and the title character
from another movie that took audiences
on a memorable tour through decades.




WARNING:

Read no further if you haven't seen either film!






The Top 10 Similarities Between
FORREST GUMP and BENJAMIN BUTTON:

1. Both are extremely polite soft-spoken Southern boys;
Forrest is from Georgia, Benjamin from New Orleans.


2. The most influential figure in both their lives?
Dear Old Mom.


3. Both had male sailor-mentors who drank too much.


4. Both had mystic connections to symbols of flight:
Forrest's feather and Button's hummingbird.


5. Both went to war;
Forrest in Vietnam, Button during World War II.


6. Both Forrest and Button worked on small boats.


7. Both found it hard to walk as kids;
Forrest had leg braces, Button had crutches.


8. Both of them travelled around the world.


9. Both met their true loves as children;
both were left by their loves, only to return.
Forrest and Button were both extemely worried
that their kids would not be normal.


10. And oddly enough, this immortal line is said,
word for word, in both movies:

"I Gotta Go Pee!"

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool, way to pan it !!! looks good !! Ricardo in san fran cali...

January 7, 2009 at 5:43 AM  
Anonymous letsgosago.net said...

nice review.

January 7, 2009 at 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Mokong (Anu'ng Nasa Isip ko?) said...

I like the forrest gump movie... maybe i like this one also...
from: engrcalalang.blogspot.com

January 8, 2009 at 11:17 AM  
Anonymous coffee said...

it was a little weird to see an old version of Brad Pitt's face pasted onto a kid's body, but i guess that's why they call it a "curious case"

January 19, 2009 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger Ling Xiaoyu said...

same guy kasi ang screeplay writer ng Benj Button and Forrest Gump.

January 19, 2009 at 8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hahahahaha... nice review ba? sus nabasa ko na ito sa ibang site, di ko sasabihin, pareng SPANX putang-ina-mo!!! copycat ka lakas ng loob mo mag review kuno gago!!!

January 25, 2009 at 4:35 AM  
Blogger spanx said...

>>> anonymous,


if you've read it somewhere else,
provide the link.

and check the dates the blogs
were posted, so that your
issue will be cleared up.


and if you'd like to curse
and use gutter language,
be decent enough to provide
your real name and e-mail address.

January 26, 2009 at 1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello po Mr Spanky.... it was a very nice review po ... although i havent seen either one of those two movies (forrest gump and benjamin button)hehe, i got curious and interested naman po to watch it because of your nice blog... also i loved how u made it in filipino mcdo commercials po....my favorite there is the classic "karen" commercial and the recent one with eraser head's song.... both so cute ... i admire u for making such a nice blog like this and also for being a good speaker (im one of the students who joined STI convention yesterday po, im from STI Global City),it was very interesting po and so informative.... it inspires me to make my own blog also .. but i dont know how to start.... could u pls help me sir??? thank u so much ... and hope to hear from you... im Vicky and more power to you Mr. Spanky Enriquez....and god bless............ (hyperteen_05@yahoo.com)

February 6, 2009 at 1:47 PM  

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