The review perfectly describes the feeling I get when walking out of a Fincher film. You know you will be stuck with the images and the themes for a long time, you know you witnessed something extraordinary, something near perfect. My excitement and expectations for this film have long peaked. So I guess I need no further reviews praising the picture to help me decide whether I will see it or not. But David Fincher is one of the few directors who can go up against the highest of expectations and still not let me down.
"Everything is falling apart", was one line in FIGHT CLUB that really stuck with me, and that same notion seems to be elaborated on more personally and emotionally in "Benjamin Button" -- Nothing lasts. On a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.
I know that I am especially receptible to the fear of dying and loosing loved ones, which I feel is the great tragedy in life. By reading this AintItCool review I almost certainly knew the movie will be going to overwhelm and fascinate me ... like Fincher's film have done.
One thing I found great about the review in particular: The writer pointed out that the way you enjoy or feel about a story always has a lot to do with your personal situation, whether you can relate the central themes and conflicts to your own life. I believe that is very much so, noticing with several films how their effects on me changed over time, how films became either better or worse.
And that's one other thing that makes me the perfectly compatible fan of David Fincher's output: Even though I do consider his films timeless, it seems as if he is evolving in his choice of themes. And they seem to match with what interests me as well. That should make for a good movie experience!
I know Thiago enjoyed the review as much as I did. I'll be curious what you guys think of it. Read it here: