We just returned home from a 6:30 screening of TCCOBB. We began our 2nd annual tradition of watching (at least) the top 5 Best Picture nominations for the Oscars.
There was a grand total of 18 of us in the theatre. It was a Monday night, so 3-hour commitments were probably hard to come by. Too bad. It was a BRILLIANT film. If the quality of this picture is representative of the other four Best Picture noms, we're in for a real treat. As in all great movies, there are multiple themes at work in Button, making the story succeed at many levels: youth and aging, time, death, and life, commitment, personal sacrifice, respect, and--most importantly--love.
I think it would fascinating to hear from people of different generations about what they took away from the film. Do younger audiences connect as deeply with the story as older ones might? I'm convinced that the age of the viewer would be a significant factor in the "message" derived from this film.
The cast was amazing. Brad Pitt certainly deserved his nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role. I won't be at all shocked if he takes home the Oscar next month.
If the Academy is leaning toward voting for an epical film this year, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button will likely win. If it's in the mood for trendy, edgy, and more direct story-telling, it probably won't win. Whatever the result, I would STRONGLY recommend this movie to anyone. It's one you definitely take home with you when you leave the theatre.
Just don't buy a soda before the movie starts. If you do, you probably won't make it through the film without a restroom run! It's L*O*N*G!