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Benjamin Button

Postby timberline » Fri Jan 16, 2009 4:25 pm

Those of you who’ve seen The Curious Case of Benjamin Button are one up on me. But I did find Fitzgerald’s short story online at http://www.readbookonline.net/read/690/10628/. That means I’m six bucks (senior citizen rate) to the good and can hope it’ll be on HBO or Encore next year

In between reading and waiting, I’ll see how it stacks up to Philip Dick’s 1967 novel Counter Clock World. If Fitz was looking for a love story, Dick found a bleak future in which time moves backward, and the dead are reanimated and rescued from the grave. (Don’t ask what mealtime is like.)

Anyone else up for commentary—literary or sci-fi—on how time marches on? (Let's not discuss what the last eight years might have been in an alternate universe.)
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Postby Mlou » Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:45 pm

Well, I haven't seen that one or read it either, timber. I'll really have to update myself a bit. As for the last 8 years, they could have been worse. Really bad financially etc., oh yeah! but at least no more terrorist activity on home ground. That counts a lot with me. Alternate universes...and political views...all have their downsides. Like you I'll wait for HBO or Encore. I'm a penny-pincher and patient. :-D
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Postby mae » Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:54 pm

Well, I have seen it. The movie itself was not all that great, I didn't think. A plot that could have been developed more. I haven't read the short story, so maybe it stuck with Fitzgerald's plot. What was good, was Brat Pitt and Cate Blanchett's acting and especially - oh especially - the make-up. I don't know if they do - oh I'm sure they do - give Oscars for that sort of thing, but the make up people on this movie certainly do deserve one.

The two things in the movie that had to do with time running backward were a clock built by a blind clockmaker whose son was killed in WWI and Benjamin Button who aged backwards, but had no relation and nothing to do with the blind clockmaker. I just could not put those two together.

My $6.00 worth (also senior rate). mae
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Postby xcheck24 » Sat Jan 17, 2009 9:13 am

This is actually one of Fitzgerald's short stories I haven't read yet. I love his short stories. I have a copy of it waiting to be read. It's 20 or so pages. How the hell do you make a 3 hour movie out of a 20 page short story?!

anyway, ive heard good things about the movie too.
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