For Your Halfhearted Consideration

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benjaminbutton.jpgOscar season is here, the buzz is brewing, and
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is…well, it’s one of those movies we should be talking about right now, right?

“I was really looking forward to Benjamin Button and…I don’t know, I was looking for something, and I don’t even know what it is. I don’t even know why I’m disappointed, I just know I am. You know what I mean?”
— Roger Ebert

The critics have spoken, and one thing you can say is that they have expressed themselves through the use of words.

“Look, it’s not like I hated it, I just..I don’t think there’s a word…just…meh.”
— J. Hoberman

“Brad Pitt turns in his best performance to date.” Did anyone say that? No? Then what did they say?

“Brad Pitt is, you know, he’s okay. There’s the makeup and the cgi and…I guess I can’t say anything bad about his performance. It’s just…man, it’s on the tip of my tongue…”
— Janet Maslin

Critics agree: they will probably bring themselves to vote for Benjamin Button for one Oscar or another.

“Yeah, I guess. I mean, what, I’m gonna vote for Dark Knight? A superhero movie wins an acting Oscar, or, god forbid, Best Picture? Yeah, sure, that’s happening.”
— Jeffrey Lyons