The Curious Case of a Bitter Poster

Last post I was complaining I had barely done writing of any kind in the last few months, which is very true. Most of the very few lines I wrote were—and I’ll use this whole post to admit—pathetic negative whines against nothing more than a miserable movie.

I would stumble upon online reviews or notes about The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (or yes, often pathologically search for them) and I couldn’t—wouldn’t—stay shut. I would type with contempt about any praise; or I would praise the statements of those who accurately pointed at its terrible faults. And it isn’t even a movie I completely loathed having watched! There are parts of it I actually enjoyed.

Even just now, instead of posting something here or attempting to write anything of quality, I replied to a post in some blog that spoke positively of the movie. And after the tedious rush of typing and posting my scornful comment (I don’t even enjoy these moments of craze), I feel dirty.

I am conscious of how pathetic it is to spend quality time thinking—and wore: taking action—against a poor film and its soulless character. But I still do it/did it; though I hope accepting this publicly will keep me from doing it again.

Yet, the world is not only Internet (I kid not). I know that if I tragically encounter someone who happens to naively say something good about this movie, my world will have to stop its spinning and devote itself—just for a moment, considering the victim might find a way out of the situation—to detailing in a rush (already conscious that they might not be interested in hearing ) why The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is not much more than a nicely executed charade with a pitiful dialogue, terrible characters, and devoid of any statement (or rather, what is worse, having a grossly unaccomplished one).

And there! I did it again!

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2 Responses to The Curious Case of a Bitter Poster

  1. Bea says:

    Haha, I love how you paint this as an unhealthy addiction/obsession. You have a sickness, Alex. Haha. I haven’t yet seen the movie, but I’m tempted now to see it because of your absolute contempt in the wake of its pretty decent public reception. Maybe when it’s in the cheap seats.

  2. somealex says:

    Haha, yeah, you should watch it. It is not insufferable and it looks very nice. It has a few memorable aspects to it like the colors and sights; like one interesting character that is barely exploited (Tilda Swinton’s) but whose story is ultimately trampled upon in favor of the worthless; or like Cate Blanchet’s truly enchanting portrayal, her gaze full of life that progressively gets enriched by the strength from maturity (before CGI completely takes over). This last asset though is more from her own performance than from the movie. Her character itself—its actions and decisions, its connection with the rest—is rather dull and sometimes inconsistent like most of the other characters (most of which weren’t saved by such a great performance).

    And yes, I‘ll hit the Submit Comment button and carry my shame.

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