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The UnPopular Opinion: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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THE UNPOPULAR OPINION is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer HATED, but that the majority of film fans LOVED, or that the writer LOVED, but that most others LOATHED. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy!

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This is column entry is, perhaps more so than any other before, purely my opinion

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON is certainly an outlier in David Fincher’s filmography, with a PG-13 rating, 13 Oscar nominations, and a tone more fantastical in nature than anything else he has done.  Its release year of 2008 puts it squarely between ZODIAC and THE SOCIAL NETWORK and nearly ten years after the justifiably renowned FIGHT CLUB, three films which are, incidentally, the ones you'll almost always find in the top three spots of most anyone's "Best Films Directed By David Fincher" list.

But not with me. No, for me the top spot has gone to BENJAMIN BUTTON from the very first time I watched it, and so perhaps here lies the unpopular part of my opinion: not just that I like this film, but that it is David Fincher's best.  Because seven viewings later, it still affects me on a deeper level than any of Fincher’s other films. It still wholly holds up just as it did once upon time. And I still say that in my eyes it stands out as Fincher’s masterpiece.  The score is gorgeous and just as it needs to be, the cinematography is absolutely top notch, the performances are immensly layered and haunting in the truth of their humanity, and layers of meaning ripple through the fairy tale-like story and every design decision therein.

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"Our lives are defined by its opportunities... even the ones we miss."

At the end of the day no film is perfect – nor should it be. And I understand that not every directorial choice, camera technique, design decision, or performance relevant to every story. But I would argue that if there’s one film which has one “brilliant” quality and a jumble of “okay,” “really good,” and “great” qualities, then one which is brilliant across the board would ergo be a better film. Or even mostly brilliant with a few bits that are only “great.” It’s a matter of math, and to my mind BENJAMIN BUTTON adds up to a better film than any of Fincher’s others because it possesses more “really great” and “brilliant” qualities than all of those others.

This is easiest proven to me by how it holds up after years of viewings, which is also my litmus test for what makes a great film.  It still enchants me and ills me with me with wonder, it still haunts me and leaves me choking back sobs. Not only does it do these things each time I watch it, but it actually does them on a deeper level too. Which is no small feat, and what I believe to be the benchmark of the very best films. It doesn’t fall apart for me upon repeat viewings, it only digs further into my soul. It doesn’t bore me, finds subtly new ways to infect my imagination. And while I love and respect most of the other films in Fincher’s filmography (ALIEN 3 doesn't really count), with PANIC ROOM falling squarely into a “respect only” category,” none of those other films work the same way for me. They’re too focused, or dated, or driven by a single tone and intention. But THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON is expansive, the effects are still beautiful, and it… well, it’s about everything.

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"It's a funny thing about comin' home. Looks the same, smells the same, feels the same. You'll realize what's changed is you."

One of the biggest complaints from the loudest detractors of this film is how a great many story beats and character situations seem to be directly drawn from FORREST GUMP, another screenplay by Eric Roth. This is a point used to take down BENJAMIN BUTTON’s quality, used to discredit it as a pointless story to retell and therefore not worth the watching. But I’ve never understood that, because 1) even if this film IS awfully similar at time to FORREST GUMP this film also does everything much (much) better, and 2) there really shouldn’t be anything that strange about a writer delving deeper into similar themes and situations as their earlier work.

Shakespeare did it, only he dispersed everything out over multiple plays instead of keeping it to just one. Woody Allen has explored similar themes and circumstances with his characters for over thirty years. Spielberg has dealt with the redemption of a patriarchal figure for his whole career. Maybe Roth follows his own past Oscar-winning screenplay to closely for your personal taste, but I didn’t mind in the least because BENJAMIN BUTTON saw him do every beat from that movie more cleanly and meaningfully than it had been done before. That’s all that matters, and is certainly enough for me to forgive any similarity and move on to accepting the script for the funny, touching, heartbreaking, and deeply insightful piece that it is.

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"You'll see little man, plenty of times you be alone. You different like us, it's gonna be that way. But I tell you a little secret I find out. We know we alone. Fat people, skinny people, tall people, white people... they just as alone as us... but they scared shitless."

This is a deliberate film, paced perfectly in order to envelop us in the entirety of Benjamin’s journey. Indeed, his entire life. It is an event unlike almost seen in cinema before or since, except for maybe last year’s real Best Picture THE TREE OF LIFE. But just as ZODIAC consciously plays with the audience’s expectations of a serial killer film or FIGHT CLUB eventually subverts what we know about the main character and the message of his alter ego, so to is BENJAMIN BUTTON consciously structured in its own way: to be the full journey of a man’s entire life. We experience as he experiences, we live as he lives, and we witness every meaningful encounter in his life from birth to death.  And interwoven with all of that is the story of Daisy's death and the death of New Orleans itself, allowing us to experience the any/every emotion and conflict that Benjamin's story does not.  Once again, I say that this is film is a complete in its scope and full in its resonance.

And the single highest praise I can give to this film? The element which it shares with many of my other favorite films (LORD OF THE RINGS, THE PRINCESS BRIDE, PAN’S LABYRINTH, etc..)? It has power to constantly stun me into wonder. I’ll be watching BENJAMIN BUTTON, and all of a sudden five minutes pass and I realize that I’ve been completely absorbed by this beautiful tale of time and mortality and love and humanity and the world itself. Never before have I witnessed such a gorgeously constructed and compelling meditation on life itself, and I doubt anything will come close for a long, long time.

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"You can be as mad as a mad dog at the way things went. You can swear, curse the fates, but when it comes to the end, you have to let go."

Oh, and if you have any suggestions for The UnPopular Opinion I’m always happy to hear them. You can send along an email to ajstepenberg@joblo.com, spell it out below, slap it up on my wall in Movie Fan Central, or send me a private message via Movie Fan Central. Provide me with as many movie suggestions as you like, with any reasoning you'd care to share, and if I agree then you may one day see it featured in this very column!

Extra Tidbit: Someone named "Tarsem" is credited as the 2nd Unit Director for India in this film. I'm pretty sure there's only one person in the filmmaking industry who goes by the single name of "Tarsem," i.e. he of THE FALL and IMMORTALS fame. So that's cool.
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5:05AM on 04/27/2013

100% AGREED!

Se7en, Fight Club, yeah, they're are all great, but they don't really nearly have a deep meaning like this masterpiece. The fantasy is very beautiful and blends perfectly with the drama of the film. The romance is not overdone and is just enough to make you really feel for the characters. The screenplay, the score, the acting, all are beautifully done. Not only is this my favorite of Fincher's, this is arguably my favorite film of the 21st century so far.
Se7en, Fight Club, yeah, they're are all great, but they don't really nearly have a deep meaning like this masterpiece. The fantasy is very beautiful and blends perfectly with the drama of the film. The romance is not overdone and is just enough to make you really feel for the characters. The screenplay, the score, the acting, all are beautifully done. Not only is this my favorite of Fincher's, this is arguably my favorite film of the 21st century so far.
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1:09AM on 06/08/2012
look, we've seen Fincher tackle completely different genres over his career which is why selecting his best is so hard to do...a movie about facebook, a movie about a borderline sociopath in fight club, a movie based on the true events of a world famous unsolved serial killer....this is his first take at that feel good, just all around forest gump type flick...I don't really care for it. i was dying to watch it, but it's not really my genre and other than the actual backwards aging concept,
look, we've seen Fincher tackle completely different genres over his career which is why selecting his best is so hard to do...a movie about facebook, a movie about a borderline sociopath in fight club, a movie based on the true events of a world famous unsolved serial killer....this is his first take at that feel good, just all around forest gump type flick...I don't really care for it. i was dying to watch it, but it's not really my genre and other than the actual backwards aging concept, nothing in the film caught me in the way his other films did.
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11:39AM on 06/07/2012
Oh yeah, I forgot about Jared Harris being pretty much the most exciting character in the whole film. Really an underrated actor.

My favorite Fincher movies, in no particular order, are Se7en, Zodiac, and The Social Network (Fight Club is good too, but Tyler Durden should not be a role model as much as a cautionary figure, particularly in the late '90s).
Oh yeah, I forgot about Jared Harris being pretty much the most exciting character in the whole film. Really an underrated actor.

My favorite Fincher movies, in no particular order, are Se7en, Zodiac, and The Social Network (Fight Club is good too, but Tyler Durden should not be a role model as much as a cautionary figure, particularly in the late '90s).
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2:27AM on 06/07/2012
Just...no
Just...no
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12:26AM on 06/07/2012
Excellently written, but I must 100000000% disagree. For the record (maybe I'm slow) but the "Forrest Gump" argument is weak as hell. On to my main points (in no real order)-

As several others have pointed out, the fact that he's born a baby with old person problems, but then is a baby at the end is huge bloody plot hole I can't ignore. If you can, great! But holy damn, it pissed me off to no end. This is my biggest problem with the movie.

The movie's pace is too slow. I get wanting to
Excellently written, but I must 100000000% disagree. For the record (maybe I'm slow) but the "Forrest Gump" argument is weak as hell. On to my main points (in no real order)-

As several others have pointed out, the fact that he's born a baby with old person problems, but then is a baby at the end is huge bloody plot hole I can't ignore. If you can, great! But holy damn, it pissed me off to no end. This is my biggest problem with the movie.

The movie's pace is too slow. I get wanting to deliberately pace your movie (Fincher's own "Zodiac" does so to wonderful affect), but the first hour or so of this movie could be cut down to about 15-20 minutes and get all the pertinent info in there.

The affair in Moscow was awkward and I don't understand what it added to the story (I saw the movie once, so I could have missed something)

Blanchett does well,as does Pitt, but where is their chemistry? I think it was left in the car. They are a dry couple, and never spark on screen (their child counterparts were fantastic together though).

The visual effects are very much of a mixed bag. I saw this once in theaters, and while lots of the effects were (still are?) great, when Button walks at the church revival it looks very bad and fake/ rubbery CGI-like, which took me out of the film.

My second biggest problem is the present day story. I find it unnecessary, lacking in any sort of emotional impact, purpose, or entertainment value. Cutting it out would immediately improve this movie by 50%.

Again, well written, but I don't know if I have ever disagreed with you more.
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4:39PM on 06/06/2012
I don't see how this is an unpopular opinion, I always thought this film polarized people. Some like it, some didn't. It's not like it was an universally loved film.
I don't see how this is an unpopular opinion, I always thought this film polarized people. Some like it, some didn't. It's not like it was an universally loved film.
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1:04AM on 06/08/2012
agreed...though it had a retarded amount of oscar noms, i never heard a lop sided like or love for this movie
agreed...though it had a retarded amount of oscar noms, i never heard a lop sided like or love for this movie
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4:03PM on 06/06/2012
Social Network still holds #1 for me, but this is an easy #2. A total piece of art.
Social Network still holds #1 for me, but this is an easy #2. A total piece of art.
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7:26PM on 06/06/2012
I agree Social Network is a masterpiece, but i also think that is largely due to the writing by Sorkin. Fincher is one of my faves, but Sorkin stole the show on that movie, as well as Trent's score. In all honesty, i thought the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was jsut as good or better direction-wise as any of Fincher's previous films.
I agree Social Network is a masterpiece, but i also think that is largely due to the writing by Sorkin. Fincher is one of my faves, but Sorkin stole the show on that movie, as well as Trent's score. In all honesty, i thought the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was jsut as good or better direction-wise as any of Fincher's previous films.
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3:27PM on 06/06/2012

Great film

The pacing, the score, the execution, all great.
The pacing, the score, the execution, all great.
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3:10PM on 06/06/2012

Se7en's my top pick.

Benjamin Button is a thousand times better than Forrest Gump. I love the film, but I know I wouldn't consider it Fincher's best. My favorite is Se7en. It doesn't age, and the ending always gets me no matter how many times I see it. Fight Club is excellent. Zodiac is way better than people make it out to be, probably a close second in my opinion. The Social Network is near perfection. I guess, in the end, it's hard to judge because Fincher is known for making so many good films. If
Benjamin Button is a thousand times better than Forrest Gump. I love the film, but I know I wouldn't consider it Fincher's best. My favorite is Se7en. It doesn't age, and the ending always gets me no matter how many times I see it. Fight Club is excellent. Zodiac is way better than people make it out to be, probably a close second in my opinion. The Social Network is near perfection. I guess, in the end, it's hard to judge because Fincher is known for making so many good films. If Fincher's making it, I want to see it.
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1:49PM on 06/06/2012
I agree, all of Fincher's films are brilliant (even Alien 3 had it's moments), but this is my favorite. Its one of the most beautiful films ever made.
I agree, all of Fincher's films are brilliant (even Alien 3 had it's moments), but this is my favorite. Its one of the most beautiful films ever made.
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12:41PM on 06/06/2012

I dont know why....

...and dont get me wrong...i love most films people love most, and i love movies in general, ive seen a lot of them, and i work for a movie studio and its a big part of my life...but for some reason...I LOVE THIS MOVIE. like, LOVE. the score is simply sublime...i tihnk its such a great story, unique, and it really hit me personally the first time i saw it. it was one of the only movies recently that made me tear (the montage where button is saying you can do anything you want, showing him in
...and dont get me wrong...i love most films people love most, and i love movies in general, ive seen a lot of them, and i work for a movie studio and its a big part of my life...but for some reason...I LOVE THIS MOVIE. like, LOVE. the score is simply sublime...i tihnk its such a great story, unique, and it really hit me personally the first time i saw it. it was one of the only movies recently that made me tear (the montage where button is saying you can do anything you want, showing him in india). I dont know why, and i know its not a popular film or perfect...but to me, it is perfect. cate, pitt, fincher, all brought their AAA game and this will always be one of my favorites of all time, for some reason. i think its just a really personal film for me.
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11:02AM on 06/06/2012

Nah...

Benjamin Button is a film I'd sooner call "just okay". I felt a far deeper connection to Forrest Gump than I did Benjamin, so I certainly would never say the Button movie "did it better".
I admit that I like about 3/4 of the film, but it did really bug me, as others have pointed out, that he shrinks into an infant at the end. To me, that's just taking the suspension of disbelief further than it should go.
The only way the outcome makes sense, in my mind, is if he started as a full grown
Benjamin Button is a film I'd sooner call "just okay". I felt a far deeper connection to Forrest Gump than I did Benjamin, so I certainly would never say the Button movie "did it better".
I admit that I like about 3/4 of the film, but it did really bug me, as others have pointed out, that he shrinks into an infant at the end. To me, that's just taking the suspension of disbelief further than it should go.
The only way the outcome makes sense, in my mind, is if he started as a full grown adult and shrank. Which is silly all on its own. We don't shrink into infant size when we get old, we just shrivel.
If he had died as the young Brad Pitt, I think I would have accepted the magic better, that's all.
That point dramatically takes me out of the story.
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10:13AM on 06/06/2012

Agreed

I have no problem placing this at the top of my list, out of all his films Benjamin Button ranks as my #2. My Top Fincher films are tied for number 1, none of which were mentioned in your article.

Nice article,
I didn't even think that this film would be considered a choice for the Unpopular Opinion, because i enjoyed it so much.
I have no problem placing this at the top of my list, out of all his films Benjamin Button ranks as my #2. My Top Fincher films are tied for number 1, none of which were mentioned in your article.

Nice article,
I didn't even think that this film would be considered a choice for the Unpopular Opinion, because i enjoyed it so much.
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9:49AM on 06/06/2012

I would give it to you but its #2

I agree at this time it can be said its his best work. But you cant leave Seven out that list the movie which really put him in our map first. Seven was classic thriller and just to se eit make the money it did for that type of drama just dont happen much..Button is awesome! no doubt but its 2 than fightclub, than dragon tattoo dude is top 5 in my list. Alien3 was his 1st and the director cut is way better than original still showed his thriller style for a syfy u dont get that much either.
I agree at this time it can be said its his best work. But you cant leave Seven out that list the movie which really put him in our map first. Seven was classic thriller and just to se eit make the money it did for that type of drama just dont happen much..Button is awesome! no doubt but its 2 than fightclub, than dragon tattoo dude is top 5 in my list. Alien3 was his 1st and the director cut is way better than original still showed his thriller style for a syfy u dont get that much either.
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9:08AM on 06/06/2012

Loved It

Still my favorite movie of all time. Yes, people wonder why, but like the above article said... nothing resonates more than this movie with me. I sob every time.
Still my favorite movie of all time. Yes, people wonder why, but like the above article said... nothing resonates more than this movie with me. I sob every time.
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12:44PM on 06/06/2012
same with me. i really think this is a rare case of movie where it can completely hit your heart or completely miss it.
same with me. i really think this is a rare case of movie where it can completely hit your heart or completely miss it.
9:05AM on 06/06/2012
I do believe this is one of his best films. For those who love Fight Club, I have to say that one is his bottom tier. I would place Zodiac his top one, and Benjamin Buttion second. Nice opinion piece!
I do believe this is one of his best films. For those who love Fight Club, I have to say that one is his bottom tier. I would place Zodiac his top one, and Benjamin Buttion second. Nice opinion piece!
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8:50AM on 06/06/2012
I don't hate this movie, but I don't really like it very much. The visual effects and makeup are phenomenal. The acting is terrific. But while at the time this was likened to Forest Gump, while that was about a man who was larger-than-life, Benjamin Button is not. Somehow the film could not escape the fact that it was based on a short story, and much of what we see is essentially filler meant to make it epic. I actually don't remember very much happening, except with the very Jenny-like
I don't hate this movie, but I don't really like it very much. The visual effects and makeup are phenomenal. The acting is terrific. But while at the time this was likened to Forest Gump, while that was about a man who was larger-than-life, Benjamin Button is not. Somehow the film could not escape the fact that it was based on a short story, and much of what we see is essentially filler meant to make it epic. I actually don't remember very much happening, except with the very Jenny-like relationship with Cate Blanchett, Jason Flemyng as his dad, and Taraji Henson, who I thought actually was pretty great in it. But the film is well-made, just not terribly involving. A technical feat that's missing some integral bit of drama that makes me forget how long it is.
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8:29AM on 06/06/2012
In a related topic, since Fight Club was considered a failure at the box office, and is now viewed by many (and I mean many) as one of their favorite movies, is there any chance that it can be re-released in theaters? That way those of us who passed the first time (and there's a lot of us) can view it on the big screen.

Can someone start some type of petition or movement for this?
In a related topic, since Fight Club was considered a failure at the box office, and is now viewed by many (and I mean many) as one of their favorite movies, is there any chance that it can be re-released in theaters? That way those of us who passed the first time (and there's a lot of us) can view it on the big screen.

Can someone start some type of petition or movement for this?
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12:29PM on 06/06/2012
Quite a few theaters are doing movie classics during the summer months. Case in point, I'm going to see The Exorcist tonight at my local Tinsel Town..

Just check websites or call your theaters to see if they have a similar program.

Hell a few years ago our AMC management asked us, the audience, before a screening of Lost Boys what movies we would like to add to the list. They like to make a bit of a community out of the screenings a lot of the time.
Quite a few theaters are doing movie classics during the summer months. Case in point, I'm going to see The Exorcist tonight at my local Tinsel Town..

Just check websites or call your theaters to see if they have a similar program.

Hell a few years ago our AMC management asked us, the audience, before a screening of Lost Boys what movies we would like to add to the list. They like to make a bit of a community out of the screenings a lot of the time.
11:01AM on 06/07/2012
Thanks for the heads up. We have a theater in my town that does a similar thing with $2/$3 admission. But I'd like to see a wide release. I'm almost curious as to see how much money it would bring in over a wknd with a wide release.
Thanks for the heads up. We have a theater in my town that does a similar thing with $2/$3 admission. But I'd like to see a wide release. I'm almost curious as to see how much money it would bring in over a wknd with a wide release.
7:54AM on 06/06/2012
I really enjoyed this movie, especially for the performances and amazing settings. The ending was a tad rushed but still very enjoyable and a wonderful story.
I really enjoyed this movie, especially for the performances and amazing settings. The ending was a tad rushed but still very enjoyable and a wonderful story.
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6:23AM on 06/06/2012

Fincher's worst film

Too twee, too earnest. I can see how some people are drawn to it but Benjamin Button annoyed the fuck out of me.
Too twee, too earnest. I can see how some people are drawn to it but Benjamin Button annoyed the fuck out of me.
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1:53PM on 06/06/2012
the most tedious theatre experience of all time, and the only Fincher movie I despise. HATE this movie.
the most tedious theatre experience of all time, and the only Fincher movie I despise. HATE this movie.
3:28PM on 06/06/2012
Most tedious? you must have skipped The Village when it was in theaters.
Most tedious? you must have skipped The Village when it was in theaters.
12:08AM on 06/07/2012
2nd for me. My hatred for Alien 3 knows no bounds.

@Vesaker, "The Village" is a misunderstood masterpiece that was poorly marketed.
2nd for me. My hatred for Alien 3 knows no bounds.

@Vesaker, "The Village" is a misunderstood masterpiece that was poorly marketed.
5:43AM on 06/06/2012

I'm a bit confused...

Atfirst I thought you're writing about your dislike of Benjamin Button, but in which way this positive opinion is "Unpopular"? This film has a boxoffice gross of 128M in US & a total 334M worldwide which is the biggest of any Fincher movies, with a 73% fresh rating at rottentomatoes, not to mention 3 oscar wins with 13 nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor & Best Director. Yes, maybe in geekcircles like ours this movie won't come up at the very top as a Fincher masterpiece....But in no
Atfirst I thought you're writing about your dislike of Benjamin Button, but in which way this positive opinion is "Unpopular"? This film has a boxoffice gross of 128M in US & a total 334M worldwide which is the biggest of any Fincher movies, with a 73% fresh rating at rottentomatoes, not to mention 3 oscar wins with 13 nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor & Best Director. Yes, maybe in geekcircles like ours this movie won't come up at the very top as a Fincher masterpiece....But in no way in hell it's an Unpopular Opinion that this movie is good. Every movie gets some backlash one way or other, why not then do Titanic as an unpopular opinion (incase you liked it), seeing as how much backlash it gotten in the last 15 years?? Anyway, great read as always...just a bit confused for the point of it, thats all.
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8:01AM on 06/06/2012
I meant for the unpopular part of my opinion to be that it is Fincher's best film. I added a bit into the article to try and clarify that, as you're right in that the film certainly did well for itself critically and commercially. But my thing is that it is far and away Fincher's best.
I meant for the unpopular part of my opinion to be that it is Fincher's best film. I added a bit into the article to try and clarify that, as you're right in that the film certainly did well for itself critically and commercially. But my thing is that it is far and away Fincher's best.
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5:30AM on 06/06/2012

I felt cheated

He started this movie as a wrinkly old baby, I felt cheated when the film didn't end with him being a six foot featureless newborn.
He started this movie as a wrinkly old baby, I felt cheated when the film didn't end with him being a six foot featureless newborn.
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2:54AM on 06/06/2012
I never cared much for this film. It's one of those films that you can see how other people might love it, but it just doesn't connect with you. To me it felt like Forrest Gump minus the quirky charm & sense of humor (which is odd considering that the original story was in fact a comedy).
I never cared much for this film. It's one of those films that you can see how other people might love it, but it just doesn't connect with you. To me it felt like Forrest Gump minus the quirky charm & sense of humor (which is odd considering that the original story was in fact a comedy).
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2:23AM on 06/06/2012

Hated it

I've only seen Benjamin Button once at the theater when it came out and I absolutely hated it. Forrest Gump is one of my favorite movies of all time and this doesn't even come close. I was bored out of my mind and the two and a half hours, give or take, that the movie lasted, felt like an eternity. I also didn't buy the romance sub plot at all: Blanchet's character was vapid and self-absorbed and generally a horrible person. BTW I didn't like Zodiac either, but I'm willing to give that movie a
I've only seen Benjamin Button once at the theater when it came out and I absolutely hated it. Forrest Gump is one of my favorite movies of all time and this doesn't even come close. I was bored out of my mind and the two and a half hours, give or take, that the movie lasted, felt like an eternity. I also didn't buy the romance sub plot at all: Blanchet's character was vapid and self-absorbed and generally a horrible person. BTW I didn't like Zodiac either, but I'm willing to give that movie a second shot, can't say the same for Benjamin, though!
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2:14AM on 06/06/2012
I really liked Benjamin Button, especially that "What If" scene that had me in wonders. but i still dont believe it competes with The Social Network, i love FIght Club it's fun as hell, and The Zodiac which i love because I read the book and it's really close to it. I just feel The Social Network is his masterpiece, but still agree this is his most out there and most challenging movie he's made technically.
I really liked Benjamin Button, especially that "What If" scene that had me in wonders. but i still dont believe it competes with The Social Network, i love FIght Club it's fun as hell, and The Zodiac which i love because I read the book and it's really close to it. I just feel The Social Network is his masterpiece, but still agree this is his most out there and most challenging movie he's made technically.
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2:02AM on 06/06/2012
I love The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and think it is a great film and shows the great talents of Pitt and Fincher, and is vastly underrated, but I do not think it is Ficher's best film. That will always be Fight Club, even though Zodiac gives it a run for its money.

Benjamin Button is a very beautifully directed, written, and acted film. One of the best films to come out that year.

If anything you could say that Benjamin Button is the Forrest Gump of today.
I love The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and think it is a great film and shows the great talents of Pitt and Fincher, and is vastly underrated, but I do not think it is Ficher's best film. That will always be Fight Club, even though Zodiac gives it a run for its money.

Benjamin Button is a very beautifully directed, written, and acted film. One of the best films to come out that year.

If anything you could say that Benjamin Button is the Forrest Gump of today.
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