I watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in December. BBC’s Strand podcast (31st Jan 09 edition) reviewed it, and they didn’t have a very high opinion of it either. The movie is 2 hours and 48 minutes long. I can handle a Tamizh movie that long, but an English padam that goes on and on like the was Button does is a smidge intolerable. And, to top it, it was somewhat pretentious, assuming the air of a grand epic film that captured the human condition, where in fact, it was merely a thin veneer of pretense that covered a flimsy, somewhat annoying yawnfest of a story.
However, bad movies make for interesting parodies.
I recently learned that the writer of Button also wrote Forrest Gump. Some great chap has made a mashup of the two, and it’s quite funny. I poked around on the site for the code to embed the video, and being somewhat inept at all this Web 2.0 shite, it took me about a minute to realise that the word ‘Embed’ was writ in the centre of the screen in bold. Anyway, without further adieu, I present ‘The Curious Case of Forrest Gump‘.
Update – As I said, I’m not good at all this embedding nonsense, and tend to get very frustrated when technology doesn’t work immediately and perfectly. I tried embedding the video and the stupid thing just displayed the embedding code. Either there’s a problem with the original site, or, I’m useless. In either case, here is the video.
‘Life is a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get,’ has to be one of the silliest things I’ve ever heard. How did Tom Hanks not laugh in that woman’s face? I suppse that’s what separates actors from the rest of us – the ability control their laughter in the face of side-splitting lines like these.