By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Paramount Pictures
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Some time ago we were told that The Curious Case of Benjamin Button had one major flaw. According to the early screening reports, the third act dragged in every department, leaving the audience's final impression of the film being one of boredom.
Well, it looks like Fincher has been working hard in the editing room, as the official reviews for Benjamin Button are much improved.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Reviewed
Some of the first reviews have arrived for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and they are positive.
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" represents a richly satisfying serving of deep-dish Hollywood storytelling. This odd, epic tale of a man who ages backwards is presented in an impeccable classical manner, every detail tended to with fastidious devotion. An example of the most advanced technology placed entirely at the service of story and character, this significant change-of-pace from director David Fincher poses some daunting marketing challenges, even with Brad Pitt atop the cast. Strong critical support will be needed to swell interest in this absorbing, even moving, but emotionally cool film, which is simultaneously accessible and distinctive enough to catch on with a large public if luck and the zeitgeist are with it.
The fantasy element in F. Scott Fitgerald's 1922 short story, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," in which a man ages backwards, does not begin to suggest the urgent drama and romantic fatalism that director David Fincher and writers Eric Roth and Robin Swicord have so strikingly brought to the screen in the movie version. Fitzgerald's story is little more than a plot gimmick. Yet the film transforms this gimmick into an epic tale that contemplates the wonders of life -- of birth and death and, most of all, love.
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button opens to theaters on December 19th.