Benjamin Gump.

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Let me start this off by saying that transforming a short story into a 2 hour, 45 minute film is a daunting task in itself. This movie is anything but perfect, although the visuals come pretty close. Watching the physical transformation of Mr. Jolie’s character alone is worth the ticket price. The film sends the right message — don’t take anything (or anyone) for granted, because it can, and will be taken away from you. But it ultimately falls short in what could have been something better.

The screen writer of Benjamin Button is Eric Roth, the same writer of Forrest Gump. Anyone who knows me knows how high I hold that movie in the world of cinema. So already, I was biased before I stepped foot into the theater. The characters are almost identical. You have Benjamin (Forrest), Daisy (Jenny), Captain Mike (Lt. Dan), and Queenie (Mama). The hummingbird metaphor, eerily similar to the aimlessly wandering feather in Forrest Gump, was too forced and served little purpose. The difference? Unlike Gump, Button didn’t grab me emotionally. I’m not one for crying in movie theaters, but I barely felt anything after seeing Baby Ben or Daisy close their eyes for the last time.

The movie was good, but failed to dig deeper into Ben’s character. We learn very early on that after seeing people die left and right, he becomes emotionally detached and finds it hard to form relationships. But that’s all we get. In a film as complex as this one, we deserved a little more.

– JD

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