Brad Pitt Month #2: Benjamin Button, Fight Club

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

As a splendidly made film, that carried a sad irony, savageness and savory, the curious case of Benjamin button is indeed a wonderful adaptation of F. Scoot Fitzgerald short story. Born as an octogenarian in a toddler’s body, Benjamin button aged backwards, but was not able to inverse the chronology of the fate that awaits every human being. This adaptation was directed by David Fincher, while the screenplay was done by Eric Roth and was released on the 25th of December 2008.

Based on an eccentric premise, the big budget movie is epic, both in the running time of 2hrs 47 minutes and the scope of the story (80 years plus) which needless to say is hard to put into a few words. The main character played by Brad Pitt, happens to be a hapless fellow who by a bizarre occurrence that is dramatized in the movies legendary like prologue is born in New Orleans and by the end of the world war is a normal size baby who happens to possess the organs of an 80 year old man. Other noticeable faces in the movie includes Kate Blanchett who plays Daisy and Taraji P. Henson who plays queenie.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is far from perfect and the premise falls into shambles under analysis because of two main reasons: there is some period details that are misaligned while also there is another huge hole in the continuity, a main example being Benjamin Button was reading a 1941 classic novel, Ivanoe, in the year 1930. The movie received both positive and negative review, with websites like Rogerbert.com giving it a rating of 2.5 out of a possible 4 while Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 72 out of a possible 100. Apart from the reviews the movie was able to receive numerous awards for the screenplay and performance on both ends.

With his technical virtuosity, storytelling panache and unrivaled intelligence, David Fincher gives the movie power and unity that makes the three solid hours go by in a blink of an eye. The curious case of Benjamin Button is a total package and an adroitly assembled fairy tale that unwinds like a pleasant dream.

Fight Club

As a 1999 film that is undeniably a crystallization of Chuck Palahniuk novel, Fight Club is wildly inventive and undeniably controversial. Filled with an endless list of viewpoints and subtexts which will continue to fuel student like debates from time to time, Fight Club is not only iconic but also technically proficient in every aspect. The film was released on 10th of September in Venice while on November 11th on the same year in Germany.

The genre splintering, psychological thriller was directed by David Fincher and distributed by 20th Century Fox. The main character, Tyler Durden is played by Brad Pitt, while the cynical white collar fantasists who finds everything that he is not in Brad Pitt is played by Edward Norton. As a completely self-confident inventor, Brad Pitt is the inventor of the macho slug-fest ritual that is called Fight Club who happens to have his whole life figured out. As a banquet waiter and a movie projectionists, the movie brings forth the idea that everything is not what it seems.

Fight club is not only grimly funny but also sensational especially with Norton sounding like an African American comedian, who is able to deliver so many trenchant and unadulterated observations. The movie generated both negative and positive reviews with many people labeling it a ‘crisis of masculinity’ while others were against the violence, anarchy and sexual brutality portrayed in the movie. Metacritic gave it a rating of 65 per cent while rotten tomatoes gave it a rating of 80 percent.
If you are looking for a movie that is visually stunning and frighteningly intelligent then, Fight Club is just what you are looking for.

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