Thursday, January 8, 2009

Go See Benjamin Button!!!

Today I went to go see The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. If you don't want to know about the movie, don't read this. I tried to go on Christmas Day (a Zandee family tradition) but it was sold out. But I finally found the time, and I almost talked myself out of it because it's so uncomfortable to be sitting still and the movie is TWO HOURS AND FORTY MINUTES LONG but it is totally worth it! I mean, good grief! It was incredible. I never cry at the movies, seriously, I cry when I read a great book and I cry at Hallmark commercials, but movies just don't usually do it for me. Let me just tell you that I was literally SOBBING by the end of this movie. SOBBING!!! But in a good way. I knew that he was aging backwards, that's like the whole point of the movie, but I just figured that he'd get to be Brad Pitt's size, with an adolescent face, and it would end there. NOT SO MUCH!!! He turns into a child, then a TODDLER, then an infant!!! A perfect, chubby, flawless infant. And then he dies. As an infant. In his lover's arms. And his lover has grown old without him. And then Hurricane Katrina hits!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Sheesh. Cate Blanchett's (sp?) character is dying in a New Orleans hospital telling this story to her daughter while the storm is building and you can see the news coverage in the background and of course, Hurricane Katrina brings back a lot of emotion for me in itself. Add that to the fact that I'm an end of life nurse and they subtly touch on a few end of life nursing issues- and I was a total mess. In a good way. Seriously, I think this might be the best movie I've ever seen. The things it makes you think about are so...important!!! I wish it hadn't been so long, but if they had cut even five minutes out of it, it wouldn't have worked. I mean, I'm seven and a half months pregnant and I didn't leave to go pee ONE TIME, that's how incredible it was. I'm crying just writing this. Anyone who thinks Brad Pitt is just a face is a crack addict. GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!! TONIGHT!!!

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