Netflix 100 Flicks: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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As I trolled through the Netflix 100 list, I noted that I’d seen 45 of the 100 movies. Not bad for an armchair critic, huh? I blame my sleepy town, which features movies, classical music, and amateur theatre. Of the three, my husband and I choose movies.

This works to our favor, as I get to recommend a movie to you, or steer you clear of one I wasn’t feeling. If you disagree with me, that’ll work, too. You’ll know which movie you’ll probably love, depending on how much I hated it. The second in my Netflix 100 series of (at least 45) is The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

If you are like me, you didn’t have a clue what this movie was about based on the trailer. Nor were you interested. When I saw that it was nearly 3 hours long, I knew I didn’t want to see it in the theater. I was positive Benjamin Button would put me to sleep in 10 minutes.

But when I saw it on TV, I stayed wide awake, my mouth open with incredulity. I found it shocking from beginning to end. My husband, on the other hand, couldn’t make it past trying to decipher the ancient woman narrator’s accent. It was supposed to be a southern accent, and she was an old woman, but obviously a young woman (Cate Blanchett) covered in latex playing an old woman.

So that was bad.

But I gawked at this movie as if it was a train wreck. From the Black mother, (Taraji P. Henson) to the old baby to growing up in the nursing home, this movie had my attention. And then it introduced its nasty little secret. Being the Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the movie detaches itself from the main character, (Brad Pitt), and rather studies his situation. Rather than ever explaining how it happened, the movie dissects what would happen if a man was born old and aged in reverse.

It unblinkingly looks at creepy pedophilic relationships as normal, and struggles mightily the whole movie to reconcile us to its new normal. It failed for me. And after it was over, I was ticked. I wouldn’t recommend watching this. But it was Oscar nominated, and obviously some people are watching it to make it #2 on the Netflix 100. I would just issue caution. The images in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button are hard to shake.

Please click here for my rating system.

1. Writing: Though based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’s writing disturbed me. Maybe I take issue with the whole idea of it being a case rather than the life of Benjamin Button. Or I object to the pedophilia.  5

2. Acting: Brad Pitt manages to convince us he’s a little boy when he looks like an old man. It looks like a major strain when he’s an old man trapped in a body much younger than Pitt himself. Cate Blanchett plays young much better than old here. 7

3. Costumes/FX: This is the best part of the movie. The computer FX in the beginning really help tell this story. The effects to show Button aging in reverse were amazing. 9

Total score for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: 7

You can stream The Curious Case of Benjamin Button instantly on Amazon Video on Demand.

This review is part 2 of a series. For part 1, click here. For part 3, click here. For part 4, click here. For part 5, click here. For part 6, The Inside Man, click here. For part 7, The Dark Knight, click here. for part 8, The Blind Side, click here.

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