The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Early word on Fincher’s latest film is not good, but it’s done little to damper my expectations. I was a huge fan of Zodiac, and even that film had less than enthousiastic reports upon it’s release. It’s a film that I could easily see being unfairly maligned or ignored like some of the better films of last year. I dont’ expect Fincher to pander to the critics or audience, which is one of the reasons why I am so enthousiastic about it. The trailers are stunning, the visuals alone look as though they will be worth the price of admission. F. Scott Fitzgerald penned the original story, one of his later works, it reflects a sadness and weight that he himself carried throughout his life. The story of a man born as an old man, growing younger over time has not been done oncreen to my knowledge, and the concept is incredible. The faith I have in the source material, and Fincher is enough to make this my most anticipated of the year.
A cop-out! But really these are two films I want to see but don’t think will be good. They both seem to pander to the award winning crowd, the type of films that win a series of awards only to be forgotten a few years later. That being said, at it’s best Revolutionary Road could rank among recent films that touch on the past like Far from Heaven and Atonement to reach beyond being a simple period piece of easy messages and pretty visuals to make an interesting statement about the roles of gender, and societal expectations in modern society. I’m keeping my hopes up because I am extremely fond of Kate Winslet and though I’ve yet to enjoy a Sam Mendes film I’ve seen, I don’t think he is in the league of Ron Howard as far as easy filmmaking goes. Doubt’s content and script makes it seem interesting, but the cast is really what makes me wary. Streep especially usually sets off alarms in my mind that this won’t be more than an over-acting fest that will garner a huge amount of unwaranted awards. The word of mouth, however is very good, and the trailer is intriguing. Here’s hoping I’m wrong, and it turns out to be surprisingly successful.
I know! I’ve already butchered poor Ron Howard’s name as someone who’s films I don’t want to see.. but I lied! I’m a sucker for political crap, and this looks like it could be really good political crap. The play is apparently good, and the content kills me. I like the look from what I’ve seen… bah, please let this be your masterpiece Ron Howard. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! And Sam fucking Rockwell is in this. I love him!
The only Darren Aronofsky I enjoy is the Fountain, but I do think this has a huge amount of potential. I’m happy to see how well received it is among my international buddies, and though Mickey Rourke looks really creepy, he is a more than decent actor. The supporting cast features Marisa Tomei, one of my favourites and I am still giving Evan Rachel Wood the benefit of the doubt that one of these days she will in fact blow me away. Would not have been on my radar however if it were not for all the praise it’s been garnering over the past few weeks.
Could go either way, but damn… I love Ralph Fiennes and Kate Winslet. Is that enough? Too bad in my experience Stephen Daldry is a rather boring director, but this could be his break from the pack.
Wow, my enthousiasm for those films is soooo unenthousiastic. I’m actually way more excited to see some of the films I missed or are currently playing, I should get on renting some of these babies!
10 Films I missed/playing now that I want to see
My Blueberry Nights
Encounters at the End of the World
Flight of the Red Balloon
Burn After Reading
JCVD – The Movie
Synecdoche, New York