A friend/co-worker of mine asked if I wanted to go to a pre-screening today. I scoffed, “Uhhh, no. I’m sorry, but I really don’t watch movies unless they get rave reviews. The only movie I want to watch right now is The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. But a pre-screening, no, I’ll pass.”
I’m a snob when it comes to movies and TV. I just don’t have the time or the patience to sit and watch something that’s mediocre. Probably the same reason why I don’t cook. I don’t have the time or patience. I’d rather just eat my Lean Cuisines!
He emailed later, “Well, for what it’s worth, here’s the link to the trailer. It looks pretty damn good.”
I almost peed in my pants watching the trailer–exactly the kind of movie I like–dramatic period films with fine acting from Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. “I’m sorry, I’m sorry. Please can I still go? What time? I will meet you there.”
It’s loosely based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald wherein the main character, Benjamin Button, lives his life in reverse. As a baby, he is born as a wrinkly, ugly old thing and as he ages he actually becomes younger-looking.
Here’s the one negative: almost three hours long. If there’s a movie that’s over two hours, the editors need to be shot. That is their job. Edit the film! No movie should be over two hours. Period. I’ll admit, it didn’t seem like three hours, but still, there were definitely parts I think that could have been edited to get it down to a robust, complete two hours flick.
The film reminds me of a mix of Titanic, Forrest Gump, and the book The Time Traveler’s Wife. I’d definitely recommend it. Superb acting performances. I think Cate Blanchett is the marquis actress of our time.
Watch it. Comes out on Christmas Day! Beautiful movie to see over the holidays.