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 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
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

3.9 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Masson on 16 Sept. 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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7 of 7 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Cohen-almagor on 2 Mar. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
There are magical movies, movies that enthral you, capturing your soul and mind. This is the story of Benjamin Button, who was born with several aging diseases and experiences a unique life journey, opposed to what we know: Benjamin was born an old man, and as he grows up he becomes younger and younger until he completes a full life circle. Meanwhile, his family and friends are all getting old and, with the exception of the love of his life, Daisy, all die.

Abandoned by his biological father, Thomas Button, after Benjamin's biological mother died in childbirth, Benjamin was raised by Queenie, a black woman and caregiver at a seniors' home. The movie opens with the last day of the Great War, and finishes with Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. With Benjamin we witness scenes from the Second World War, the 1960s (Beatles), New York Ballet, race relations in New Orleans. Benjamin Button is played by six different actors, mainly by Brad Pitt.

At the core this is a love story between Benjamin and Daisy, played by three actresses, mainly by Cate Blanchett who gives yet another superb performance. Benjamin, while away getting younger, had a short love affair with Elizabeth Abbott, played by another wonderful British actress, Tilda Swinton. There are many touching moments that hurl your heart, but the most touching one is when Benjamin decides to leave his lover, and his one-year-old daughter, before she will be able to remember him. He wanted his daughter to have a real father, not one who grows to become a child as his daughter grows older.

David Fincher directed this movie with sensitivity and silk imagination. Alexandre Desplat's music is enchanting and moving. Beautiful score that promote the many magical moments you experience while watching this long movie, 2:40 hours, yet I found myself hoping that the movie will never end. I highly recommend this Hollywood gem.
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