14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2012
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..
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2009
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!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 13 June 2011
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2012
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2014
Brad Pitt (Benjamin Button) lives his life in physical reverse - being born into an aged body to grow ever younger as the years pass, while his peers naturally grow older. He has a turbulent on-off romance with the love of his life, Cate Blanchett, as their lives intersect intermittently during their seperate life adventures/lessons. Blanchett and Tilda Swinton (playing a bored wife languishing in a Russian hotel) are wasted in this, but Jared Harris does a pretty good turn as the northern Irish tugboat captain. Brad Pitt is, as usual, as animated as a piece of two by four. I was hoping he would morph into a sperm cell by the end but he didn't. It's told in flashback as Blanchett's aged character is dying in a Hospital bed while her daughter reads aloud from Pitt's journal that recounts his life away from, and feelings for, Blanchett. For some reason there is a massive storm that might veer in the direction of the hospital - why this has got to be I don't know as it doesn't add tension or anything. Loneliness and regret are the big themes here, with some characters being more at the upbeat, 'roll with punches' end of the scale. Ultimately, and despite his unique predicament, Pitt's character doesn't seem to learn anything more insightful about life than if he were to be aging normally like anybody else. Hmmm. This is quite a long film and I'm glad I watched it, as now I never have to again. I'd give this 2.5 stars.
61 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2009
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" is based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Director David Fincher and co-writers Eric Roth and Robin Swicord might well have followed Mr. Fitzgerald's lead and made their movie shorter, because the film's running time is nearly 3 hours. And that is really a long time to expect an audience to sit still...at least for this particular film, with its straightforward premise: A child is born as a very old man. The story progresses and the man progresses to lose a year every year. He grows younger with time. That's the magic which makes this enchanting tale unique...and, well, magical. (but still too long!!)
Initially, a blind man is commissioned to create a clock to hang in New Orleans' train station. Embittered by news of his son's death in WWI, and by all deaths in all wars, he creates a clock which runs backwards, so that the young lives lost might be restored.
Meanwhile, Daisy, an elderly women, (Kate Blanchett, made-up to look old and ugly...is this possible?), is on her deathbed in a New Orleans' hospital. As Hurricane Katrina rages outside her window, she asks her daughter, (Julia Ormond), to read from a secret diary. Through her diary, the dying woman tells the story of one Benjamin Button and how his life intersected with her's.
While a New Orleans' crowd celebrates the end of WWI, a young mother dies giving birth to a son. When the infant's father sees him for the first time, his misery at the loss of his wife is overshadowed by his horror as he glimpses his child. The baby boy looks like a monster. In fact, the tiny infant has the wizened face and body of a man in his late eighties. Mr. Button, the Dad, leaves his son on the steps of an old-age home where Queenie, (Taraji P. Hensen) and Tizzy (Mahershalalhashbaz Ali), a couple who work at the home, take in the boy child and make him their own. They name him Benjamin.
Imagine their surprise when the aged baby begins to grow younger. Eventually, he is able to transport himself by wheelchair, then he walks with a cane, then upright with no assistance, until he is actually able to walk quickly on his own two feet. Remember the riddle, "What has 4 legs in the morning, 2 in the afternoon, and 3 in the evening?" Well, this is the riddle reversed. When Benjamin reaches his 70's, more or less, he meets a little girl named Daisy, whose grandmother lives at the home. The two immediately feel a sense of affinity and play happily together, in spite of the enormous difference in their ages. They are best friends, sharing secrets and listening as Daisy's grandmother reads to them.
While Benjamin's age decreases, his adventures increase. And Daisy grows older. Benjamin goes to sea and Daisy becomes a successful ballerina. They meet in New York, but Benjamin is still too old for her, in a romantic sense. One feels a sense of poignancy and wistfulness as the now middle-aged man watches her go off with someone younger. I take out my tissues for the first time at this point, and don't put them away.
Eventually Benjamin and Daisy catch up to each other in time...but you must see the film to find out what happens as they fall in love, and then fall away from each other as they continue to age on dissimilar paths.
I think this film belongs to Daisy/Blanchette, rather than to charismatic Brad Pitt, who does turn out a compelling performance. Daisy is the one who truly has growing pains - who struggles with her lack of worldly experience and develops as a character. Benjamin is born with the wisdom and tranquility that come with age and he appears somewhat detached as his life unfolds.
Although the make-up artistry and technical effects are exceptional, the storyline and the changing faces of the actors is what enthralls. The themes of the passage of time and of inevitable loss are quite moving and powerful.
So, I would suggest that you definitely see the film as, ultimately, it is well worth the disadvantage of its length. Once again, a matter of time.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 30 May 2011
Why has this film got a rating of just 3.5? This has to be one of the greatest films I've ever seen. It tells a wonderful story of the life of Benjamin Button, with a twist. Benjamin ages in reverse; so is born as an old man and gets younger during his life. Without ruining the plot; there are around 4 key moments in Benjamin's life that are played out in this very well acted and directed film. The film is read as a story by a character in the film, not a narrator, similar in many ways to films such as Forrest Gump; so if you liked that, you'll love this. Some say the film is too long. I disagree as this is someones rather extraordinary life story, which cannot be rushed.
A truly brilliant film and I would love to see it again!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 31 January 2012
The only thing I would like to say is, " Miss this movie, and you miss a masterpiece". It's nothing short of "Magical".
45 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2008
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button opens with a very elderly Cate Blanchett lying in a hospital bed just as she's about to die. She is with her daughter, Caroline (played by Julia Ormond - last seen with Brad Pitt in Legends of the Fall), and an old leather diary written by the eponymous Benjamin Button, stuffed with tickets and postcards and clippings and scraps of paper.
As she starts to read, the film swiftly transports us to early 1900s New Orleans, and the film quality takes on a pastel-shaded, crackly appearance and it's unbelievably beautiful and evocative. We're given the genesis of the film, as a clock-maker creates a magnificent clock that ticks backwards, reversing time.
It's soon after that that Benjamin is born, and born old. He has arthritis and cataracts and paper-like skin. His father leaves him on the stairs of an old people's home, and Benjamin is taken in by a warm, wonderful Creole woman who raises him as her own. There he falls in forever-love with Daisy... and she with him, despite his appearing as an elderly man, and she a child.
The film chronicles Benjamin's life, as written in his diary. Pitt narrates, much like he does in Interview With The Vampire... and that's not the only similarity between the two. The slightly other-wordly feel of N'Orleans decades ago is rampant in both; the richness and texture of the film is there, too.
The love story between Daisy (Cate Blanchett) and Benjamin Button is bittersweet and powerful. It's disorientating, watching one age as the other grows younger - it becomes easy to forget that they have loved one another for almost 80 years, and only been together for a time in the middle. One brief exchange very much clarifies it when he is now in his 20s, and she in her 50s:
Daisy: "You're so young..."
Benjamin: "Only on the outside."
It's a love story and a tragedy and a fantasy, beautifully and subtly done, with a backdrop of cultural events in America's history. These, though, are used to show the passage of time and to date Benjamin's life - they're a painting in the background and he plays no part in them.
It's a peaceful, gentle film, and it ponders life as it goes along. It's thoroughly beautiful in every way.
on 8 June 2009
Once hearing the title of David Fincher's new movie you instantly think `why is Fincher doing a movie for kids?', but it's only until you hear what the movie's about do you get so intrigued that you feel like you have to know more. The Curious Case tells a love story which you instantly know is impossible to work out well in the end, but the true art of the film is not the emotional love story; instead it's the way Fincher depicts Benjamin's life. You might think that a film of somebody's entire lifetime could drag on, but no, it is a constant rush of comical and startling cinema, watching how a man can age and adapt through each decade, telling the tale of various key moments in his life. Fincher is truly determined to show the beauty of how Pitt grows and shrinks from the age of 95 to 5. Fincher has gone in a surprising angle in some parts of this film rather; instead of heading for an emotional or picturesque scene he has added comedy or maybe some silliness. This movie is a true challenge for all of actors within it, as they have to show their character develop and age over generations; the results were astonishingly successful. From David Fincher you would normally expect a serial killer or violent gore, but instead we are presented with a Forrest Gump, or Titanic-like movie which tells a beautiful love story from the past.
A masterpiece of a movie which tells the story of a whole lifetime is less than 3 hours: showcasing David Fincher's true art of storytelling.
The blu-ray is the only true way to bring the movie to life and is defiantly worth the extra pocket money.