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Curious case

November 16th, 2009 at 07:04 am

When it comes to movies, I'm a typical guy with typical tastes. However, once in a while, I would step outside my comfort zone and try something new. So, that's how I ended up renting "The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons" on Redbox for $1.

Although it had some awkward moments, overall, the movie is quite touching and even captivating. How or why it is, I am still not sure. Big Grin But it was a good movie.

One of the main themes in that movie is the value of time, and how important it is to spend it well. I completely agree. If there should ever be one asset in our lives to obsess over, it might as well be time.

(Warning: Potential spoilers ahead.)

But, with my financial cap on now, I have to say that the movie is also slightly mistakened in a few ways. In this case, while time is the most valuable asset we may have, it still doesn't mean money isn't important. If his late father wasn't wealthy and left everything to him, Ben, the protagonist, would not have been able to live so care-free. And when their daughter was born, he would not have had a dime to leave behind for her future.

(Spoilers over.)

In other words, in order to live life to the fullest, you must also have money. Many people tend to ruminate over money on its own. But to me, it's only one ingredient in a list of many to make a good crockpot soup. Big Grin But it's an important one. To me, it's something basic and vital, like salt.

Now, I know it's a fictional movie, but the message is very real: Live life the best you can, while you still can. But I would also add that in order to do so, you also have to save ahead and plan ahead. I don't disagree that life isn't important. I'm just surprised at how many people would say that, but then, do nothing about it in terms of preparations towards that goal. You know what I mean?

To me, it's not always about money versus life. Rather, it's about money towards life.

6 Responses to “Curious case”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Good, post, sir! Smile

  2. gamecock43 Says:

    I actually own the Ben Button movie and never watched the whole thing. I thought it was boring and turned it off about 40 min into it. But I like your ruminating about themes and such.

  3. miz pat Says:

    Never watched the movie, but I love your comments

  4. Broken Arrow Says:

    Thank you all for the kind words!

    For those who haven't seen the movie, or don't plan to, the basic premise is that life is short and you need to just get out there and live. Clearly, money was not important to the main character when compared to romantic love or the love of life. And as you can imagine, that didn't sit well with me. (Infidelity was another theme that didn't sit well with me.)

    I agree with the concept, I just don't agree with the execution.

  5. homebody Says:

    It was slow, but I enjoyed the movie.

  6. fern Says:

    I saw that movie a while back and didn't think it was really great. Brad Pitt is nice to look at, but i don't think he's a great actor, at least not in that movie.

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