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Benjamin Button

I saw an ad on TV the other night for a new movie. The tagline was "What if every day you grew younger?" ,or words to that effect. It  reminded me of  The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, an F. Scott Fitzgerald story I'd read earlier this year about a man who ages backwards. At the end of the commercial,  the screen said "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button-Opening December 25". Oh.

I'll confess to being jazzed about having read the story before I even knew there was going to be a movie.  The "I liked it before it was popular" syndrome is really hard to outgrow.

I'll also cop to another common attitude. I'm worried that they'll ruin it.  Fitzgerald's story is a grotesque but oddly charming little fable. Judging from  the commercial, the movie looks big and glossy and way too pretty. There's a place for movies like that, but not movies that tell the story of Benjamin Button. I'm reminded of Forrest Gump, another amusing fable that was turned into a big pretty movie, to it's detriment.

There doesn't seem to be enough  in the story to support a whole movie. Obviously they will have to add things that weren't in the story, but the problem goes beyond that. I'm sure Fitzgerald made Benjamin Button a short story instead of a novel for a reason..that the story's premise just wasn't enough to sustain something as long as a novel. Or now, a movie. Read the story  and decide for yourself.

It's possible that the fault lies in the trailer, not in the movie. On IMDB it says of the music in the trailer " The specific arrangement used ... is 'Lacrymosa' by Libera."  I know that's just the title, but trust me, the trailer music was truly lachrymose. As is the whole damn trailer. Maybe they're just marketing it as a tearjerker because that's what people like. Also, it's directed by David Fincher. He's a competent director who can be trusted not to turn this into Forrest Gump or Titanic.

So maybe I'll see it. Maybe I won't. But I do know one thing.. if they ever make a movie out of The Diamond As Big As The Ritz, I am there, dog!

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Believe it or not, I am just now hearing about this from you.

They really do look evil don't they? They are like evil rednecks from central casting.

I agree with you about the fair trial. For some reason I was just thinking about that this morning.

People say things like "Ira didn't get a fair trial , why should they?". I understand that, believe me I understand that. But the trial is just as much for the benefit of truth itself, and anyone who might be falsely accused as it is for criminals.

And I'm pretty confident that a fair trial will result in a conviction. MHPD has been working on this for 7 months, so I'll bet the case is pretty solid.


Any thoughts on Benjamin Button?