The Thought-Provoking Case of Benjamin Button
SmokeScreener - wrote on 05/31/09
I had an odd reaction to this movie. As I watched the film, I found the premise interesting, but I thought it moved very slowly. When the two time-crossed lovers finally have their all-too-brief life together, I became very angry at Benjamin's decision to leave his lover and young daughter. Why would he do this? It wasn't like he was going to die in a week or month... he still had plenty of time to share with his family.
For 24 hours after I watched this film, I thought about this. I thought about how fragile life is for all of us. I though about how Benjamin developed dementia, and had to be cared for... it didn;t matter in the end whether he was very old, or very young. Most importantly, the movie made me think about many of these issues.
If I had rated the movie immediately after seeing it, I would have given it a lower rating. In the end, it was one of those films that gnawed at me for awhile after I watched it, which I always admire.
As always, I watched for tobacco use. This film had 49 individual smoking incidents spanning 87 years. As you can imagine, it earned a SmokeScreeners Rating of 4 Butts! http://tinyurl.com/m6zv7x