There has been much buzz surrounding this film and it's warranted for the most part. The only true criticism comes from the extended running time - nearly three hours. But while this film was certainly on the edge of too long, it never reached an uncomfortable point. However, careful editing could have made the running time 20 minutes shorter with little effect to the overall story.
I will say this about "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button": If you have a weakness for tearing up over emotional situations, definitely bring some tissues. By the end of this film I was on the verge of bawling. The careful and well directed plotting of this story results in a conclusion that is both inspiring and heartbreaking at the same time.
If you are willing to dedicate the time and are inclined to enjoy stories that contemplate the depths of emotion experienced during a person's lifetime, then I encourage you to see this film. It is a grand affair, much in the vein of "Forrest Gump" (minus the humor), which will undoubtedly test your composure as the film concludes. A soaring "A-" for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."
Dom's Video Pick of the Week: "Man on a Wire"
In 1974 the World Trade Center towers stood as a testament to the engineering prowess of man. But while most looked at the giant skyscrapers with awe, one young man from France looked at them as performance art. His plan: stretch a cable between the towers and walk from rooftop to rooftop.
"Man on a Wire" is the amazing documentary of Philippe Petit, a high wire artist who, with a ragtag group of accomplices, manages to dupe New York's finest security firms by sneaking through their barriers to perform for an awestruck public.
This is an exhilarating film that will leave you in awe as you contemplate the near-impossible span of events that needed to transpire in order for this feat to be realized.
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