The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008

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Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.

Starring:
Jason Flemyng, Cate Blanchett
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 46 minutes
Starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Elle Fanning, Jason Flemyng, Julia Ormond
Director David Fincher
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction
Studio WARNER HOME VIDEO
Rental release 8 June 2009
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 46 minutes
Starring Jason Flemyng, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Brad Pitt, Julia Ormond, Elle Fanning
Director David Fincher
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction
Studio WARNER HOME VIDEO
Rental release 8 June 2009
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. F. husseiny on 3 May 2012
Format: DVD
(THE FILM)
Adapted from the classic 1920's story by F. Scott Fitzgerald The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button stars Brad Pitt as Benjamin Button - a man born in his eighties who ages backwards! The film follows Benjamin's story, set in New Orleans, from the end of World War I in 1918, into the twenty-first century, following his journey that is as unusual as any man's life can be. Directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett with Tilda Swinton, Taraji P. Henson, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas and Julia Ormond, "Benjamin Button," is a time traveler's tale of the people and places he bumps into along the way, the loves he loses and finds, the joys of life and the sadness of death, and what lasts beyond time.
WHAT CAN I SAY?
David Fincher does an incredible job of directing the film while Brad Pitt carries the film on his shoulders, playing Benjamin Button. The film is like a fairytale,it has its magical moments and very funny and touching scenes. Pitt is excellent, Cate Blanchett gives a firm performance as Buttons' love interest Daisy. For me however the greatest performance is from Taraji P Henson who plays Queenie,Benjamins' mother so to speak.
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button IS An Astonishing Rarity THAT'S ?
makes you think about life,
love, your own mortality,
things you have done in your life,
things you haven`t done yet,
all the things you want to do
and regretting the opportunities you passed up.
Its a roller coater of emotions
It is an extremely graceful depiction of life, love, and the things we lose
Even with a story as fictional as Benjamin Button's,
the message rings true.
that is Life can only be understood backward. It must be lived forward.
this film is Something beyond magical..
IT IS SIMPLY OUTSTANDING..
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Masson on 16 Sep 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a brilliant film, very well made - the ageing back and foward of characters is expertly done, the storyline grips you throughout; its romantic and very moving - touches on all sorts of emotional dramas. Great acting and character portrayal. A very different film but it makes you think and is emotionally upsetting and uplifting at the same time. Its a travel through time with a quirky twist but very realistic human responses. Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Warren on 13 Jun 2011
Format: DVD
David Fincher's THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON is beautifully filmed and filled with excellent performances, but the script is unable to carry it to the heights it was clearly aiming for.

Throughout I was reminded of Forrest Gump, and some quick research after revealed that it was indeed penned by the same writer. We have the story of an outsider who lives an extraordinary life told through flashbacks and narration, and both films seemed to hit many of the same beats.

What makes it a different story from Forrest Gump - and all other films - is that its main character ages in reverse. However, I was left with the question of how much difference this gimmick actually made. Benjamin Button is born physically as an old man and then regresses into childhood, but to all intents and purposes he goes through the same stages of life that we all do. Take away the central gimmick and very little changes (except there wouldn't be any scenes that approach creepy). What you're left with is a fairly bog standard story elevated by the director and actors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. R. Burkes on 10 Sep 2009
Format: DVD
Many reviewers here have complained of the long running time and looking back at this film it perhaps could have been 20 minutes or so shorter. That said, I didn't find myself looking at my watch at any point so I don't think the length of the film is the real problem.

There are two things that bothered me about The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The first (and most minor point) is the much-lauded special effects. Yes, the morphing of Brad Pitt's head onto a wizened body is spectacular as is the seamless portrayal of fortysomething Pitt as a young man barely in his twenties. But I felt the makeup lost its way somewhere around middle age. There was a point in the film when the two characters were supposed to be in their mid 40s (as Pitt and Blanchett are in real life, I think) but as the two people in question are Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt they looked a good ten years younger, something which I think the Director picked up on as he had both characters explicitly state their ages at this point in the film. Also at one point Daisy is bemoaning aging and is supposed to be somewhere in her late 40s yet she still looks as gorgeous as she did when she was supposedly twenty five years younger. This also meant she had to then age far too rapidly in the ten year period between Pitt being 20 and 10. But these are minor quibbles - most of the effects are superb - not just the well-known aging / deaging effects but the scenes set in period Paris, New York and New Orleans.

The main problem for me (and this is a purely subjective thing) was the echoes of Forrest Gump. Now I liked Forrest Gump but one is enough for me.
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