The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Warner Bros and The Kennedy/Marshall Company Released 2008


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David Fincher
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, directed by David Fischer, is the perfect movie for a date with a new love interest or the love of your life after many years together. In this movie, Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) lives his life backwards. As strange as this might sound, think of it this way: in writing, we edit a document by reading it backwards to help us see each word for what it truly is, giving us greater insight to the document. In the case of Benjamin Button, we are given the rare opportunity to view life in this 'editing' mode, allowing us to have a heightened perspective on life. As an infant, Benjamin looks like a man in his 80's. Yet with each passing year, he looks a year younger than the previous year. Watching this movie allows us (the viewer) to see how aging backwards can have monumental challenges, especially when it comes to love, while highlighting the beauty and importance of life. Benjamin's love interest, Daisy (Cate Blanchett), is about the same age as Benjamin when they meet as children. As the years go by, and Benjamin appears younger, while Daisy ages; will they ever be able to find their happily ever after?moreless


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  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Above all, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a triumph of technique.

  • 80

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    This odd, epic tale of a man who ages backwards is presented in an impeccable classical manner, every detail tended to with fastidious devotion.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    As enervating as it is long -- and at 2 hours and 47 minutes it is quite long -- this version of the F. Scott Fitzgerald fantasy short story is a baffling project, an endurance tes...

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