The Oscars may have ultimately snubbed The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
, outside of prizes for its extraordinary make-up, visual effects and art direction, but there’s a terrific film here that’s set to stand the test of time. Perhaps it’s one that deserved a few more golden statues too. It’s a curious tale certainly. It follows the title character, as he’s born old, and as he ages, his body gets younger. As the film progresses, he crosses with Cate Blanchett’s Daisy over the course of their respective lives, as their paths continually emotionally intertwine.
Based on the story by F Scott Fitzgerald, the film version of The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button owes much to its director, David Fincher. This feels every inch a labour of love project, and a technically astounding one at that, with every frame packed with detail. Furthermore, it’s impossible to see the joins between the computer work and the real life characters, and that means the focus can be fully on the absorbing story. If you can forgive the slightly clumsy wraparound to it, this is a wonderfully told tale, boasting some terrific acting performances and sumptuous direction.
It looks glorious in high definition too, boasting one of the finest 1080p transfers seen to date. It inevitably puts the special effects work under scrutiny, but the film passes the test effortlessly. The end result is a terrific piece of cinema, that looks and sounds simply outstanding. The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button is a Blu-ray very much worth owning, and is the kind of tale that’s set to be enjoyed for generations to come. --Jon Foster