in about 100 words or less
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).