Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Is this Fincher's weakest film? Or is that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? Well, at least there are no serial killers in this one, he tries something different. But the film should be a tearjerker, and it never is. It reminds me a bit of the Jeunet films - visually amazing, but too sugary. If you want magic you also have to show reality. There has to be contrasts. The film summed up in one word would probably be... phony. Benjamin Button meets people who give him feel good life lessons. Brad Pitt is not convincing. He's Brad Pitt doing an accent. Even Jared Harris, one of the best actors around, is not convincing. I should blame the script, I guess. And for a perfectionist like Fincher I'm surprised by how bad some of the CGI is, especially the boat in daylight scenes. There's one amazing shot, the WW 1 battle scene run backwards, too bad about the rest.
 
Top 5 David Fincher films:
1. Zodiac
2. Seven
3. The Social Network
4. Panic Room
5. Fight Club