Apologies for the paucity of posts in recent days, I've been balancing a mix of family stuff and work commitments that have prevented my presence here of late.
Last Thursday, however, I had a cinema to myself as I basked in the majesty of David Fincher's magnificent The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button prior to chairing a BAFTA Q&A with the great man himself that evening. It was the first time I'd actually met Fincher although I interviewed him for an Empire cover story back in 1995 for Se7en and in person he's as charming and smart as you imagine him to be, but also incredibly funny.
As for Button, ignore those reviewers who claim Fincher's movie is cold and unemotional. I cried buckets at the end and Pitt's performance is quite brilliant, his finest to date. While it's a character made possible by special effects, it's so much more than a technical exercise as Pitt not only captures the heart and soul of Button but superbly conveys the duality of the role — externally one age, internally another — to such a degree that you immediately ignore the makeup and amazing CGI and concentrate entirely on this man and his epic journey.