Today I went to see Benjamin Button with Eunice. It was a hot walk to the bus, but other than that it wasn’t too stinkin’ a day. Actually, before I write more I should explain that if I sound funny today, it’s because I still have Benjamin Button’s southern New Orleans drawl stuck in my head. I’m thinkin’ in it.
I got to the Glen maybe 15 minutes to early, as I usually do, so I went to the Asian grocery and bought 2 juice boxes. I thought it would be a nice thing to do, to get a cold juice box to be waiting for Eunice when she shows up. She appreciated it so I guess I did my job as a friend.
I don’t usually talk about how great a movie is too much, except if it really grabbed me. Well, this one was good, and it wasn’t like the stuff I usually see and like. I mean, it was long an’ all but I really did like it. It had its funny moments, and it had its touching moments (I think Eunice showed exactly how touching it was, right?) and I think it was overall very well scripted and well maybe one day I want to analyze the symbolism a bit more because it really did have some amazing ones I picked up and a lot I know I missed. The thing is, the story isn’t exactly too hard to figure what would happen. And that’s a big part of the movie’s theme. It’s about the inevitability of life and death. We all know, going into the movie, that in the end he will die, and the movie goes onto that. But the way that it was executed (apart from the flash-forwards which got annoying but I guess in the end it served its purpose) and the power of the message behind it is absolutely excellent.
So, to explain my title. Since it has quotation marks around it you’d guess it was a quote. Well, a side gag in Benjamin Button was about an old man. Button grew up in an old folks home, and there was one guy who, through various stages of Ben’s life, told him “Did Ah eh-vah tell ya tha’ Ah was struck by ligh’nin’ seven times?” Well, I found the clip of those instances. In the clip, they didn’t show the bit where, just after the guy told Button that it was God reminding him he’s lucky to be alive, the old guy sniffed the air and said, “storm’s comin'”. Well, he ought to know by now, right?
It’s corny, but I really do think that this movie made me think twice about love. About living.
De Fluffe, Out.
P.S. Brad Pitt had quite a lot of makeup on when he had to play as himself young. But apart from that rather funny faux pas, the makeup and the way they made the characters older were astounding.