New ‘Button’ TV spot

Posted by · 12:52 pm · August 18th, 2008

A new spot for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” popped up on the Olympics last night.  There’s a rather sub-par clip of the commercial up on YouTube.  Hopefully something better will land soon.

Eric Roth’s screenplay, by the way, is an out and out masterpiece.  I’ll be reviewing it in this space a week from tomorrow.  I was floored.  If David Fincher can come close to expressing those words on the screen, it’ll have to be considered one of the year’s best films.

Here’s the spot:

Anne Thompson, meanwhile, is stirring the shit with some comments out of the studio regarding a lengthy cut from Fincher:

The early word on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: again, David Fincher has handed in a movie to Paramount that is quite long. That hurt his last pic for Paramount, Zodiac. This film is polished to a fine sheen, I understand. The word from one viewer: “shiny.”

Well, there is always the old agage: “No good film is too long, no bad film is short enough.”  We’ll see, but the script is 160 pages (that could admittedly use some paring down), so it’s not like the studio didn’t know what it was getting in to here.

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  • 1 8-18-2008 at 12:56 pm

    head_wizard said...

    I didn’t think I could get anymore excited about this. I just pray its as good as it looks!

  • 2 8-18-2008 at 3:18 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    This, to me, is the kind of project where the scale and scope of the ideas demand a substantial running time to let them play. Bring it on.

    If people don’t have the attention span to sit through more than 120 minutes anymore, we may as well stop making movies.

  • 3 8-18-2008 at 3:50 pm

    M.Harris said...

    This movie looks very interesting.My oponion is as long as a movie is a interesting movie it should be able to hold your attention.As long as it’s not three and a half hours long and we no the studios(now a days) would never release something that lengthy.

  • 4 8-18-2008 at 4:27 pm

    Marvin said...

    “Oh my god.”

  • 5 8-18-2008 at 4:43 pm

    head_wizard said...

    Why is length a problem has anyone actually said it was boring? If it isn’t who care how long it is. Some of the best movies are three hours long.

  • 6 8-18-2008 at 4:47 pm

    Ryan Adams said...

    The Benjamin Button script seems to have an unusual amount of detailed prose-like descriptions of settings and montage sequences. That’s partly why it makes such a great novelistic read, and it also pads the pages. This might be a factor in what makes the screenplay longer.

    That said, from what I’ve seen, I wouldn’t mind if Benjamin Button is 4 hours long.

    What’s wrong with people?
    The Return of the King is 250 minutes.
    Gone With the Wind, 238 minutes.
    Lawrence of Arabia, 227 minutes.
    1900, 245 minutes

    When will studios figure out that they destroy movies like Kingdom of Heaven and Heaven’s Gate when they chop them into drive-thru bite-size nuggets?

    Norma Desmond: I am big! It’s the pictures that got small.

  • 7 8-18-2008 at 7:42 pm

    Brian Kinsley said...

    Ugh. This can be my Christmas present this year.

  • 8 8-18-2008 at 8:19 pm

    Joel said...

    Kris, let me ask you a rhetorical question: Am I the only freakin’ human who likes long movies? I think (sometimes) that length helps a movie. Big example that I think you’ll agree with: The Assassination of Jesse James. I did not think that film dragged for one second. It wasn’t the BEST film last year (to me), but it was one of them. Hauntingly beautiful, and 161 minutes. Am I not right?

    So bring on 160 minutes of brilliance. Kris, to me, you’re the guy to go to for script reviews, and if you say the script is a masterpiece–necessary paring down aside–it must be a masterpiece. I simply can’t wait for this film; I’m seeing it opening night. It could sweep the Oscars, too, methinks…and looks to be one of the best films of a really great year.