I will admit it now, I love David Fincer movies, I think he is one amazing director and I think he will have a long career making good movies. Even though people HATE Alien3, I like to watch it because you can clearly see the skill behind the camera at work.
I am a little late seeing this film, even though Fincher directed the film, it just didn’t sound like an interesting film to me and so I kept putting it off. Plus it’s quite a long film, something like 2 hours and 40 minutes long, so you need to mark off a good chunk of time to watch it. But watch it you should.
It is a very interesting story of the life of a rather curious fellow who is born old and the regresses through life until he is a baby, creating numerous interesting situations for him and especially causing problems when he falls in love with a lady who ages normally. While the movie is long, it sure did not feel like it as we watched him get a first kiss, his first drink, job, experience WWII and a host of other situations.
Technically the movie is perfect, with the bit of special effects only adding to scenes and making places and fantasitical situations (like an encounter with a Nazi submarine) only add to the story and make it work even better. The aging…wow, I have never seen better in a film. Brad and Kate are perfect as the couple and as they progress through a wide range of ages in the film. All in all, there was nothing wrong with the film at all.
In the end I think the movie was about loving life and loving what you end up with in your lot in life, and not dwelling on what might have been.
It has a good message, which I will repeat here:
Along the way you bump into people who make a dent on your life. Some people get struck by lightning. Some are born to sit by a river. Some have an ear for music. Some are artists. Some swim the English Channel. Some know buttons. Some know Shakespeare. Some are mothers. And some people can dance.