Video: The semi-obligatory “Benjamin Button” trailer

posted at 4:00 pm on December 26, 2008 by Allahpundit

Desperately seeking an honest opinion from anyone who’s seen it: Is it in fact “one of the greatest films ever made” or are the critics bandwagon-jumping? My schmaltz-ometer is warning me away, especially the thought of Brad Pitt trying to do “wistful,” but rave after rave can’t be wrong. I think. Love and aging was a favorite theme of Rod Serling’s so I’m guessing Twilight Zone junkies will find something to like here. On the other hand, there’s the dreaded Gump factor. What’s a blogger with cabin fever to do? Click the image to watch.

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Haven’t seen it. Probably won’t see it. Brad has been everywhere talking about it, so I know too much already.

savvydude on December 26, 2008 at 4:05 PM

Pass.
Will go see Marley & Me instead.

christene on December 26, 2008 at 4:10 PM

ive heard it was good

pitt isnt a bad actor. great in seven, great in 12 monkeys, great in a lot of stuff

blatantblue on December 26, 2008 at 4:16 PM

Saw it. Didn’t like it, mostly because it felt more like a PC rewrite of history than an authentic movie about someone who lived through almost a century.

Ryan Gandy on December 26, 2008 at 4:17 PM

Mrs Crazy Legs wants to see it, but I’m thinking that at almost 3 hours she won’t be able to stay awake for the whole thing. Rental, maybe.

crazy_legs on December 26, 2008 at 4:20 PM

Is it just me or do all the movies that are out right look like they stink?

terryannonline on December 26, 2008 at 4:28 PM

I enjoyed it. Starts off terribly slow to setup the narrative though. The length didn’t bother me at all, but I am basing it on the other holiday movie I had to see (Australia) which had 5 different stories, 3 endings and felt like 5 hours.

Pitt as an old looking kid provided the most amount of humor. I thought the graphics of putting his facial features on a smaller body were done very well.

Best movie made? Hardly, but pitt trumps cruise, b/c i can believe pitt as an actor, cruise on the other hand I just see as cruise playing someone not actually as that someone.

Butters on December 26, 2008 at 4:29 PM

mostly because it felt more like a PC rewrite of history…

Ryan Gandy on December 26, 2008 at 4:17 PM

Well, I’m sold. To skip it.

Marcus on December 26, 2008 at 4:41 PM

Two of my friends saw it. One thought it was “three hours of pure awesomeness.” The other thought it was decent, but about an hour too long. I’ve read reviews that range from calling it an instant classic to being practically a Forrest Gump-like remake. I’ll wait to rent it.

MaverickMeg on December 26, 2008 at 4:42 PM

I want to see it but I’ll probably hit up Frank Millers “The Spirit” first even though the reviews are terrible. I liked Sin City a lot (and so did the critics) so I don’t see myself having problems with this one.

V15J on December 26, 2008 at 4:45 PM

Mrs. Flipflop is lucky to drag me to a movie theatre every other year or so. This one will most likely be seen at home on DVD Blu-Ray disc where I can drink beer and pause it when I need to pee.

flipflop on December 26, 2008 at 4:46 PM

Looks refreshing to me, not the same old stuff.

scalleywag on December 26, 2008 at 4:47 PM

Ah, so that’s what a few years of living with Angelina Jolie will do to you.

James on December 26, 2008 at 4:48 PM

Two words (for Joe Biden anyway)

Ren-tal

Mojave Mark on December 26, 2008 at 4:48 PM

Is it just me or do all the movies that are out right look like they stink?

terryannonline on December 26, 2008 at 4:28 PM

No, it’s not just you. We usually enjoy a movie every Christmas afternoon before the big cook-off. Choosing between Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Anniston, and the fireplace, guess what won.

Marcus on December 26, 2008 at 4:48 PM

Ah, so that’s what a few years of living with Angelina Jolie will do to you.

James on December 26, 2008 at 4:48 PM

hahahaha.

scalleywag on December 26, 2008 at 4:50 PM

When does the DVD come out?

Kini on December 26, 2008 at 5:00 PM

I won’t get into it much but I just got back from it and didn’t like it very much. But what do I know, I hated Crash too.

Typhonsentra on December 26, 2008 at 5:04 PM

to me… knowing Brad Pitt… ok I don’t know him but I have met him and I’m from the same town as he. we’re the same age and went to school at competing schools.
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he is insufferable… unless he’s acting, and yes he may be a bit of an over actor and such… but most all of his movies I enjoy. I expect no different here.
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go see it Allah… so you can give us an honest opinion… don’t worry about your 12$ worry about the combined total of ours.

Kaptain Amerika on December 26, 2008 at 5:07 PM

V15J on December 26, 2008 at 4:45 PM

The spirit is good, campy fun. It doesn’t take itself seriously at all. No moralizing, no political correctness. Just a good guy, a bad guy and a lot of stabbing, shooting, and hot chicks.

lorien1973 on December 26, 2008 at 5:07 PM

I saw it with Mrs. OP yesterday and I liked it. Much better than AUSTRALIA. (damning with faint praise) Cate Blanchett and Pitt have a good screen presence together. There was much laughter and some wistful moments.

All in all, a good film. Be prepared, it’s very long, but, I didn’t look at my watch once.

NO, it is not the best movie of the year, but certainly not a clunker. Go see it.

originalpechanga on December 26, 2008 at 5:12 PM

I watched it last night. Frankly, I enjoyed as an interesting take on what we value in life. No Democratic spin that I could see.

Jim62sch on December 26, 2008 at 5:12 PM

Benjamin Button sucks. 2’40″ is way too long for a “fair at best” 90 minute flick.

Chuck145 on December 26, 2008 at 5:28 PM

Hmmmm. Looks interesting.

I heard Marley and Me is a great movie until the very end. Then they rip your heart out, throw it on the floor and stomp the life out of it. Not for me.

Jarhead68 on December 26, 2008 at 5:31 PM

What’s a blogger with cabin fever to do?

Ask a real live woman to go for a walk. Buy her a cup of coffee/drink, talk about life, have a good time. Smooch.

Blake on December 26, 2008 at 5:37 PM

Allahpundit – as helpful as Leprosy!

grtflmark on December 26, 2008 at 5:43 PM

The beginning was similar to Forrest Gump, but not as humorous. It was a decent story, mostly emotional. Good movie, but I would have rather watched it at home.

unlisted on December 26, 2008 at 5:53 PM

I don’t wanna be a liberal!!
I’ve really enjoyed Brad Pitt’s performances over the years, as I’ve tried to ignore most of his outrageous personal life.
Thank God no one’s put my life under a sinscope.
Haven’t seen BB yet but the theme is intriguing and I’m forward-viewing.
I mean, my appreciation for Streisand’s talent has been blighted by my felt-judgement of her political views. My loss I fear.
Judge talent by talent and leave the rest to God.

Randy

williars on December 26, 2008 at 5:58 PM

More interested in Slumdog Millionaire, which is finally playing near here, but that actually looks pretty good. I liked The Time Traveler’s Wife, and it sounds vaguely similar.

Tanya on December 26, 2008 at 6:04 PM

What’s the point of going backwards in age if you just end up dead of a different kind of infancy, after all?

Gimmicky “high concept” trapped by its own fatally-flawed logic is what it sounds like to me.

profitsbeard on December 26, 2008 at 6:07 PM

[Comment deleted by user request. — Ed]

Tanya on December 26, 2008 at 6:07 PM

Will go see Marley & Me instead.

You know, there’s something about this movie that I think is going to mislead a lot of people, but I can’t go into it without spoilers. I just suspect that a lot of people don’t realize what they’re getting into with Marley & Me.

Ach! I can’t talk about it, though!

Kensington on December 26, 2008 at 6:09 PM

“Tanya on December 26, 2008 at 6:07 PM”

um, thx. for the heads up i guess …

Buckaroo on December 26, 2008 at 6:10 PM

[Edited to remove a deleted comment quote. — Ed]

I don’t blame the audience. There’s nothing in the trailers to suggest where Marley & Me is going.

I wonder if there will be a backlash. I kind of want to see it, though, because I enjoy a good cry.

Kensington on December 26, 2008 at 6:12 PM

Didn’t Mork and Mindy already do the “born old die young”
shtick?

Guardian on December 26, 2008 at 6:13 PM

Slumdog Millionaire is great! A Dickensonian Epic centered around the Indian TV version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”

Good guys, Bad Guys, Good Guys who turn out bad and bad guys who turn out good. A great old-Hollywood type story!

And a great Bollywood dance number in the end (after the credits so it doesn’t ruin the movie._

Kasper Hauser on December 26, 2008 at 6:14 PM

We saw Benjamin Buttons on Christmas Day. Thought it was a pretty good movie. Not filled with junk, violence, dirty words and sex. Heart warming but the ending left me liking him a lot less.

I totally disagree with Chuck. We didn’t find the movie too long at all, but we have attention spans of the normal adult.

katablog.com on December 26, 2008 at 6:15 PM

um, thx. for the heads up i guess …

Buckaroo on December 26, 2008 at 6:10 PM

Sh*t. Sorry, it was on the bestseller list for like a year. I didn’t even read it and I knew how it ended, because of all the buzz.

Feel free to delete my comment, y’all.

Tanya on December 26, 2008 at 6:17 PM

“Tanya on December 26, 2008 at 6:17 PM”

oh, no worries, i accept the spoiler aspect ’cause i now know what to say to the lil’ ones if it turns out that they try to persuade me to see it …

Buckaroo on December 26, 2008 at 6:21 PM

I have nothing to add about said movie, but I wanted to say something. Jennifer Anniston is one of the most over-rated, talentless hack of an actresses to ever appear on screen. Why do they keep giving her roles? She plays a version of Rachael from Friends in EVERYTHING. Which is probably how she is in real life because she couldn’t act to save her life.

arteest on December 26, 2008 at 6:26 PM

What’s a blogger with cabin fever to do?

Have you seen Yes Man? Except for one scene of questionable good taste that I could have totally done without, I found it fun and charming.

Buy Danish on December 26, 2008 at 6:31 PM

Wife and I just went to the movies. Button was sold out for both matinee showings (and there was a line out the theater door – so much for the “worst economy” since the worst depression!). Luckily, we were there to see Slumdog Millionaire anyway. Damn good movie. I’d certainly recommend it.

dugan on December 26, 2008 at 6:58 PM

What’s a blogger with cabin fever to do?

After me falling victim to the trashy “Don’t Mess with the Zohan”, I would suggest suicide.

Johan Klaus on December 26, 2008 at 6:59 PM

I liked it except my ass was pins and needles from sitting on it for the eternity that it took for this story to be told. Good story, great acting, wonderful camera work. It will win some Oscars.

Syd B. on December 26, 2008 at 7:05 PM

Thanks, Ed! :o)

*pulls foot out of mouth*

Tanya on December 26, 2008 at 7:06 PM

The pic looks like Letterman…after Bill O’Reily got done with him.

Allahpundit – as helpful as Leprosy!

grtflmark on December 26, 2008 at 5:43 PM

And yet your here…Bozo.

Speakup on December 26, 2008 at 7:09 PM

pitt isnt a bad actor. great in seven, great in 12 monkeys, great in a lot of stuff

blatantblue on December 26, 2008 at 4:16 PM

His performance in the 12 Monkeys cause be to actually respect him as an actor.

- The Cat

MirCat on December 26, 2008 at 7:10 PM

Dreaded Gump factor?

You didn’t like Forrest Gump?

mikeyboss on December 26, 2008 at 7:12 PM

Mrs. Locomotivebreath and myself will wait until it’s a Wikipedia entry before we see it.

locomotivebreath1901 on December 26, 2008 at 7:13 PM

I can’t imagine it being very entertaining.

For one thing, I don’t think I saw any exploding spaceships or Kung Fu fighting in the trailer.

Johnny 100 Pesos on December 26, 2008 at 7:19 PM

Instant classic is an oxymoron. Time will tell. BTW, I’ll rent.

Mason on December 26, 2008 at 7:56 PM

I don’t think I saw any exploding spaceships or Kung Fu fighting in the trailer.

Johnny 100 Pesos on December 26, 2008 at 7:19 PM

To be fair, it is hard to do Kung Fu fighting in a trailer. I tried it once in a double wide and broke 3 metatarsals.

mikeyboss on December 26, 2008 at 7:59 PM

This movie was ABSOLUTELY…..LONG!!!

badpenguin on December 26, 2008 at 8:04 PM

It’s a great movie for people that like to watch other people get struck by lightning.

badpenguin on December 26, 2008 at 8:05 PM

Well,look on the bright side,is there
any BDS in this movie!

canopfor on December 26, 2008 at 8:12 PM

mikeyboss at 7:59 PM
You are funny.
badpenquin at 8:05
Watching people get struck by lightning is awesome!

Vince on December 26, 2008 at 8:13 PM

Oh crap,my comment is not up to
political speed,well look on the
bright side once again,I hope,this
movie is PDS free!A hem!Haha.

canopfor on December 26, 2008 at 8:15 PM

I’m very excited to see this film. But, I have quite the liberal streak in me, in that particular sense. I’m an unabashed film snob and have been looking forward to this particular work from David Fincher for a long time.

Jockolantern on December 26, 2008 at 8:38 PM

Looking for the Greatest Movie ever made?

Australia. Wife and I saw it a couple weeks ago, and were totally blown away. Epic. Historical. Fun.

ericdondero on December 26, 2008 at 8:53 PM

David Letterman before makeup?

whitetop on December 26, 2008 at 9:00 PM

This movie was ABSOLUTELY…..LONG!!!

Careful there. You stand a very, very good chance of NOT having a normal adult attention span. Whatever in hell that is.

katablog.com on December 26, 2008 at 6:15 PM:

I totally disagree with Chuck. We didn’t find the movie too long at all, but we have attention spans of the normal adult.

My attention span begins to wane in direct proportion to the numbness of my butt. At the conclusion of BB my butt was numb as a novacaine shot. :)

Chuck145 on December 26, 2008 at 9:19 PM

What’s a blogger with cabin fever to do?

We all know you’re scared of the outside, not the inside.

It's Vintage, Duh on December 26, 2008 at 9:26 PM

Saw it yesterday.
Too long. Needs editing and script-tightening.
Tries to be a sweeping epic, has the visuals but not the story.
Good effects, but characters are thin. A sister is introduced, then never appears again. People have zero curiosity about the reverse aging – isn’t *anybody* wondering what is going on?
Screenwriter made the love interest the center of the film, but ignores the historical background. Film could have taken place at any point in history – characters never react to or learn from events of the day.

Still, I liked Dakota Fanning’s younger sister as the young Daisy.

sultanp on December 26, 2008 at 9:29 PM

I won’t see it.

My golden rule vis-a-vis art: if the critics love it, it’s rubbish. If they hate it, I’ll probably enjoy it. Art is for entertainment. If it can’t do that, what’s the point.

But, then, I’m an Atheist. :)

OldEnglish on December 26, 2008 at 9:31 PM

Notice a trend………….?

Revisionist history movies, cheap liquor, MSM in full lock step ran by polls, less money in your savings account, need to go to governement for help, and affordable gas………. stay asleeeeeeep, people, staaaaaayyyyyy………………… aaaaassssssllllllleeeeeeeepppppppppppppppp……. zzzzzzzz.

Seven Percent Solution on December 26, 2008 at 9:37 PM

I’ll pass. Pitt’s not THAT good of an actor. Popcorn movies, but that’s about all.

john1schn on December 26, 2008 at 9:37 PM

Looking for the Greatest Movie ever made?

Australia. Wife and I saw it a couple weeks ago, and were totally blown away. Epic. Historical. Fun.

ericdondero on December 26, 2008 at 8:53 PM

Nope. Godfather. Hands down.

john1schn on December 26, 2008 at 9:38 PM

The preview looked interesting, but I’ll most likely be passing. I tend to only go see action flicks in the theater these days and everything else I see via my supersecret method (wink wink).

Plus, the last Brad Pitt movie I saw was TROY and I prefer to keep that image of him :-)

Dubn8tr on December 26, 2008 at 9:54 PM

Eat shit and die. Then go watch a better film. Any better film.

Coronagold on December 26, 2008 at 10:33 PM

Allah, I saw it last night. It aint that bad. Its actually kinda good. It gets sad at the end. Kinda sappy, but not too much. It is kinda Forrest Gumpy, but Forrest Gumpy light. A little sublte symbolism. Overall, I’d suggest waiting till its on dvd.

Jay on December 26, 2008 at 11:02 PM

Bottom line…Its every love story (chick flick) you’ve ever seen rolled up in a new kind of package. A little twilight zone love story.

Jay on December 26, 2008 at 11:03 PM

last thing I want to do is get ganggreen on my ass watching a bunch of libs play make-believe. Plus the no talent hack pit with the fake Forrest gump accent made me spit out my stuffing when I unfortunately saw the trailer. I hate giving Hollywood any money anymore. Where’s frank Capra when we need him.

texaninfidel on December 26, 2008 at 11:06 PM

It’s an intriguing F. Scott Fitzgerald story. Why not read it instead?

onlineanalyst on December 26, 2008 at 11:19 PM

He kinda looks like Letterman, dontcha think?
Randy

williars on December 27, 2008 at 12:16 AM

He kinda looks like Letterman, dontcha think?
Randy

williars on December 27, 2008 at 12:16 AM

Now that you mention it, yes.

mikeyboss on December 27, 2008 at 12:51 AM

What the heck is a photo of David Letterman doing in this blogging segment?

jediwebdude on December 27, 2008 at 2:11 AM

I’ll have to see it. One of my good friends son plays Pitt when he gets to be a boy. Very unusual for our hurricane ravaged South East Texas town.

Spider79 on December 27, 2008 at 7:05 AM

Get off my lawn while I wait for Gran Torino!!

rhodeymark on December 27, 2008 at 9:31 AM

Well, you guys do what you want. I’ll wait for “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo” to come on Turner Classic Movie channel again. That was when America had the guts to fight a real war. As for that icon of American manhood, Brad Pitt, well, I just cant see him holding a candle to Van Johnson, Gary Cooper or Jimmy Cagney.

abcurtis on December 27, 2008 at 10:04 AM

OT: Dirty Harry had a good review on Frost/Nixon

Liberal movie reviewers are definitely making the Bush comparison like idiots of course

jp on December 27, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Saw the movie last night. I definitely don’t think it held up to the amount of time it took up.

I didn’t really get the purpose of the Hurricane Kateina references in the modern day scenes. A generic hurricane would have worked just as well and wouldn’t have involved a controversial event. The references were just in passing though (images on the t.v. and such so it wasn’t preachy).

The main issue I had was that I didn’t find the lead female character to be all that likable past 17. Once one (or both) of the romantic leads aren’t likable any more, it’s really hard for me to care if they end up together.

Beyond that, I agree with another poster that mentioned loose plot strings. No one cares that he’s growing younger. His sister is introduced, then disappears. I’m sure they pulled some out so it didn’t take even longer, but they still left too much in.

Unless you often love these critically acclaimed movies, I’d definitely either skip this or wait for the video.

JadeNYU on December 27, 2008 at 12:36 PM

GO SEE “SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE”

Hubby & I saw it yesterday…best movie we’ve seen in the theaters in years!!!

The trailer

Enjoy!

Miss_Anthrope on December 27, 2008 at 2:13 PM

But, then, I’m an Atheist. :)

OldEnglish on December 26, 2008 at 9:31 PM

Blasphemer!! Oh…wait a minute…

BillH on December 27, 2008 at 2:59 PM

Doesn’t hold a candle to The Dark Knight.

True_King on December 27, 2008 at 3:18 PM

This was a good movie and is worth a watch; however, it is a movie that you only watch once (if that makes sense). You will understand when you see it I am sure.

Greatest movie ever? No. Good movie and worth seeing? Yes.

TightAggressive on December 27, 2008 at 4:58 PM

So what…does he end up as an embryo?

Irenaeus on December 27, 2008 at 7:20 PM

Saw it on Christmas. Deserves nominations for makeup & special effects. Really didn’t like it for the Hollywood point of view it was selling.. Didn’t understand why Katrina was brought into it, other than movie set in the Big Easy..or maybe what’s why it was set in N.O…..

Not filled with junk, violence, dirty words and sex

had plenty of sex..bodies in bed, whore house, affairs, ect..but never with people who were married to each other.

So what…does he end up as an embryo?

no…died as an infant.

msmo on December 27, 2008 at 7:46 PM

It’s sort of interesting. Too long by maybe a third; unanimous opinion of my wife, me, and my 26 y/o son.

If they hired some fairly ruthless editors, it could be much better. Definitely not one of the best movies of all time.

Pavel on December 27, 2008 at 7:51 PM

I really do not like going to movie theaters, But when the wife and/or kids force me to go. I can only think about all the money I spent on my home theater. Which usually ruins all movies for me.

So I’ll just put it in my Blockbuster queue, and get back to sometime next Spring.

Zaire67 on December 27, 2008 at 9:37 PM

Any movie that has all of these Golden Globe nominations (read radical Lib approval) probably sucks. Same with Frost/Nixon.

echosyst on December 28, 2008 at 12:52 AM

But, then, I’m an Atheist. :)

OldEnglish on December 26, 2008 at 9:31 PM

Good for you. I’ve got brown hair.

AND WHO CARES?

Not you. Not me. ANYONE?

I don’t give a fvck if you’re an atheist. Honestly, why do feel the need to point that out?

Ugly on December 28, 2008 at 4:58 AM

LOOK EVERYONE!!! I BELIEVE IN GOD AND CHRIST!!!!

I’M A BELIEVER!!!

I’M NOT AN ATHEIST!!

I MUST BE SPECIAL!!!!

(I am sick of people proclaiming their disbelief… it’s as offensive as street preachers shouting about faith in the Lord)

Ugly on December 28, 2008 at 5:02 AM

A frustrating film. A guy who ages backwards is a fascinating premise and it’s a pity the script took up 3 hours doing its best not to explore it. It’s just a stage for two rather boring and mopey people to briefly get it on. This movie might have been witty and bittersweet, but other people would have had to have made it.

Very earnest, very slow.

dhimwit on December 28, 2008 at 6:25 AM

Updated, less human version of Forrest Gump. Doesn’t do the Fitzgerald story any kind of justice.

herrevery on December 28, 2008 at 10:59 AM

The movie stinks. It’s a highly overrated Lifetime Network movie. My review here.

Debbie Schlussel on December 28, 2008 at 2:59 PM

It was bad enough that Hollywood was dragging every bad TV show and turning it into a bad movie

but now they are resorting to stealing plot elements from Mork and Mindy?

Uncle Bouncy on December 28, 2008 at 7:18 PM

Saw it.

It’s well directed, well acted, and well shot (David Fincher is my favorite director… if you haven’t seen The Game, run to the store and buy it right now). The Uncanny Valley is certainly in play, although we’re coming close to emerging on the other side.

In summary: here’s this guy, he ages backwards, and some stuff happens to him. For nearly three hours.

It’s like Big Fish but without the magic and wonder. It has all the ingredients of a great movie, but it doesn’t really leave you with anything except a missing afternoon. In addition, the narration gimmick is tiring, and the Katrina angle seems patronizing (technical note from a Florida resident: there is no thunder in a hurricane, and before a hurricane hits, it is quiet, not stormy).

I’d skip it. Really want to see Doubt and Gran Torino.

Mark Jaquith on December 28, 2008 at 9:50 PM