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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

USA 166m, Colour
Director: David Fincher; Cast: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson, Julia Ormond
Jason Flemyng, Tilda Swinton, Jared Harris

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a multi-layered dramatic fantasy that is loosely based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story of the same name about a man who ages in reverse. As a narrative of Benjamin’s life, we follow his story largely from his own perspective, but also see him through the eyes of his adoptive mother, his childhood friend, and from his biological father. Brad Pitt’s performance is outstanding and is enhanced by the tremendous make-up and special effects which visually transform him from an aged baby to a senile youth. Although the story is a deeply sad one, Benjamin’s ever-present optimism and his devotion to his mother and his wife are heartwarming elements which balance the emotional tone of the film (Klaus Ming August 2010).

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3 comments on “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

  1. Marc
    08/11/2010

    A ton of people give me grief for liking something so “slow and uneventful” as this (their words not mine) as much as I do but I pay them no mind. I just love it. Its slow yes but beautiful, touching, well cast and just a great film. The plot is crazy and it’s almost like this decade’s Forrest Gump but I just adore this film. And as you say the devotion to his mother are heartwarming. It’s the lightest thing Fincher’s done but he needs to do more like this in the future!

  2. Olive
    08/12/2010

    I was a bit “iffy” about this movie. I didn’t hate it, but then again I didn’t love it either. From a visual perspective, I thought it was beautiful and Brad Pitt was tolerable, as I usually can’t stand him!

    • Klaus
      08/12/2010

      Until recently, I’ve never thought about Brad Pitt as good actor until re-watching 12 Monkeys after a friend recommended I do – for Pitt’s performance in particular. After that, i’ve been a fan. I think his performance in Button is one of his best.

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