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New Review: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

January 7, 2009

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I don’t really know what to think about The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

The first problem is you have to suspend disbelief that a random story about a clock moving backwards has anything to do with a child being born with a genetic mutation. But if you are able to shake off that story and just let Eric Roth tell you a good ol’ southern tale, then you will likely enjoy this very long feature.

Starring Brad Pitt as the curious case himself, Button develops physically a little backwards but emotionally right on target as he unwinds to middle age which for star Cate Blanchett as Daisy is the perfect time to love him (as we all do).

A side story is the current Katrina situation set in a hospital as a dying mother (Daisy) has her daughter (played by Julia Ormond) read Button’s diary from his last days before he becomes too young to remember.

Like Roth’s earlier work Forrest Gump, the audience is carried through a very long time period with Button that follows the end of World War I to post-World War II and then on to the 70’s or early 80’s (guessing based on daughter’s age in 2005).

Along the way Button discovers and reminds us that life is what we make of it – no matter how different we may be from what people expect, no matter who leaves us breaking our heart, or doesn’t choose us because of how we look.

Instead, life is just moments to be enjoyed, a story to be told. Take things as they come and you can always learn something new no matter how old, or in this case young, you may get.

The person I watched the film with cried saying how sad the story was, but I didn’t feel that. I felt uplifted in only a way that a bittersweet love story can make you feel.

But I could have done without the side stories, even though they were charming in the way a southern story is often told – lots of little side notes that seem to have a connection but not one that is really needed.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 17, 2009 6:48 pm

    i was pleasantly surprised to find out that F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote the short story upon which Benjamin Button (the movie) was based, then mention this in the opening credits

  2. Michael Williams permalink
    January 7, 2009 5:33 pm

    I loved this movie. The person i saw it with thought it was way too long but somehow i enjoyed every minute and didn’t really notice its length. I got really into it, and yes, I was the person crying off and on throughout the last 45 minutes or so. Its definitely a movie you have to be prepared to sit and get into.

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