Blast from the past

Posted by · 11:07 am · December 28th, 2008

Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel review the first Fincher/Pitt collaboration in September of 1995:

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  • 1 12-28-2008 at 12:48 pm

    Mr. Gittes said...

    Brad Pitt’s performance in Benjamin Button is no different than Matt Damon’s performance in The Good Shepherd. Wait – actually Damon’s is better. There’s a scene in Shepherd where Jolie is critiquing Damon’s parenting skills and finally Damon’s character can’t take it anymore (after being very subtle the entire movie) and blows up at Jolie – his wife in the movie – and tells her the sacrifices he’s made. But before he blows up, we see Damon’s face boiling, getting red, lips quivering, spectacles about to fall from his face…

    Converselely, in Button, as Blanchett is giving birth, Pitt is pacing back and forth in his kitchen with the most timid, subdued look – zero emotion. So why should Pitt be nominated? His performance – perhaps through no fault of his own – is weak.

    Remember the scene in The Godfather when Pacino finds out that his father has been shot via the newspaper on the street? And as Pacino is flipping through the pages to see if Brando is still alive, there is more emotion on Pacino’s face in that short scene than Brad Pitt showed in the entire almost three hours of Button.

  • 2 12-28-2008 at 3:36 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    I agree, Gittes. If there was ANY lead performance from Pitt that deserved an Oscar nom, it was his iconic turn as Tyler Durden in Fight Club. Not only is he not that great in Benjamin Button, but a nomination (he won’t win) would be such a misrepresentation of his talents as an actor.

  • 3 12-28-2008 at 3:38 pm

    Speaking English said...

    You can say Pitt isn’t Oscar-worthy in “Button” all you want, but you have to understand that his performance is – by nature – subdued, blank, perhaps emotionless. It is his character, a man isolated in time and forced to observe from the outside in, that has Pitt create such a haunted and internalized portrayal. I thought he pulled it off beautifully and effortlessly, sinking into the role like I have rarely seen him do.

    You’re not wrong, though, but that’s his character.

  • 4 12-28-2008 at 10:13 pm

    Sound Designer Dan said...

    Wow, just imagine if Siskel was still alive and well and Ebert never lost his voice. Just imagine all the debates they’d have. I’d like to see if they would really go at each other with Button

  • 5 12-28-2008 at 10:17 pm

    Sound Designer Dan said...

    And oh yeah, this video just made me hate Benny boy Lyons even more.