Tonight two of my girlfriends and I had dinner and a movie. We went to see The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. When I saw the commercial on tv last night, I thought it looked pretty intriguing so I searched online and viewed two other trailers for the film. I definitely knew I wanted to see it.
I won’t ruin it for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, however, I will say that it is so poignantly charming and tender despite its somber undertone (death is everywhere, but life is, too!). I cried and loved Benjamin right from the start. I wanted to bring him home with me!
My tears came for many reasons:
- My husband loved movies and would have enjoyed this one with me
- Essentially it is a love story (not just romantic) and reminded me of how much I miss him
- Having danced ballet virtually my whole life and as a part time teacher, I really loved this facet of the movie
- The beautiful and timely message that you have to accept both the joys and pains of life
- The acting was superb
Thankfully I had my two lovely friends there for support. They graciously allowed me to cry unashamedly. Walking out of the theatre I had a fresh flow of tears just thinking about how fleeting life really is. One of my friends joked that perhaps we should have watched The Tale of Despereaux instead!
But I do wonder what F. Scott Fitzgerald would have thought of this silver screen adaption of his short story…now that’s just the English teacher in me talking!