Wednesday 18th February

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Director: David Fincher
Year: 2009
Stars: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton

This film starts off well. The plot is intriguing, Brad Pitt manages to do a pretty good job of acting very old and very young all at once, and, for the first hour or so, keeps you watching, wondering what will happen next.

Unfortunately, the middle hour doesn't continue along the same lines. Failing to recognise that the F. Scott Fitzgerald story is it based on was probably a short story for a reason, the middle hour drags terribly. I nearly left the cinema I was so bored at this point. Nothing happens. And when nothing happens, Cate Blanchett really begins to grate.

Thankfully things pick up again for the final third, but with a running time of close to 3 hours, it seems to be another case of the director having cinematic diarrhoea. When will these filmmakers realise we want a decent story, whether it be 1 hour or 3? If you fill your film with chaff, we will notice. Mind you, this film is still set to win something at the Oscars, and much as I don't really think it deserves it, I hope it does. Because if it does, we get to see a film for free at a Vue cinema! I just hope it's an improvement on this one.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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I live in Bristol with my husband Dan (who I married in July 2007), my son Joe (born 2012) and daughter Jess (born 2015). I work at UWE (the University of the West of England) in Bristol as a Research and Open Access Librarian. I'm orginally from Exeter, so moving back to Bristol is a bit like coming home - especially as I studied for my undergraduate degree here (also at UWE). I love travelling and movies, although I get to do a lot less of both since the birth of our children. Although we have still managed to fit in holidays to the Isles of Scilly, Chamonix and a summer in California since Joe was born.