Monday, December 29, 2008

Royal Enfield movie role all too brief

The movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button kept me on the edge of my seat. It wasn't that suspense ran so high in this two-and-one-half-hour-long movie. It was just that I had read that a Royal Enfield motorcycle was included and I didn't want to miss it.

It's lucky I was on alert. The Royal Enfield appears very briefly, when the character played by Brad Pitt is supposed to be in India "finding himself." The word "Enfield" is clearly visible on the back of a dual seat as Pitt bends down to service the motorcycle. At least three other motorcycles appear in the film: an elderly Indian, a vintage Triumph and what might be a Honda step-through.

I may not be much of a film critic, but I think the film could have been improved by cutting back to one motorcycle. I also would have trimmed out all but one love interest (there are at least two) and I think one World War would have been sufficient, instead of both. In fact, I think The Curious Case of Benjamin Button would have made a better TV series; there was enough in it to fill two or three seasons of half-hour episodes.

I haven't seen the moment with the Royal Enfield pictured on the Internet yet, but I've included still pictures from the movie web site of the Indian and the Triumph.

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