A film that deserved a much better reception both critically and at the box office than what it received. Stiller evokes just the right mix of whimsy, wish fulfillment and daydream fantasy in his tale of an everyman living in his fantasies forced out into the world for some real adventure. Sure it's Hollywood and lacks any real emotional truth but its the type of tale one can easily lose oneself in with pleasure.
3.5/5. It started goofy, confused, weak whatev-- but suprisingly from the middle to conclusion, it turned out to be more seriously handled, bittersweet-feeling with its heartwarming ending. The film itself could reach its potential way but Ben was too late to realize it.
Perhaps I was in a good mood but I really didn't mind this film! I thought it was kind of fun and felt sincere. It certainly deals with some major tone issues as to whether it wanted to be a comedy or not (as funny as the Benjamin Button thing was it had no place in this film). I really just wish Stiller was able to tell this story without words! The 1st trailer for this film was so good because it had no words!
had some problems with the pacing with this one, it seems too slow at times, dialogue not even drawing you in. it also tries to combine lots of ideas and fails at times. but man, it was inspiring, well written, heart warming and beautifully shot. stiller and wiig have great chemistry. and i love that cover of 'major tom'.