The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1921 Short story is certainly Curious, The protagonist, a wrinkled teabag of a baby living his life on the backwards on the outside and dealing with life’s problems like any of us on the inside instantly creates the perfect catalyst for a compelling film.

David Fincher, who has created works such as Fight Club, Seven and dare we mention it Panic Room in which we should of left Jodie Foster so she wouldn’t heap further misery on us by making The Brave One and subsequently killing Naveen Andrews. Bitch.

The plot in a nutshell, Set just after World war one, In New Orleans, Louisiana a boy, Benjamin is born to the disgust of his widowed father who leaves him on a door step. He is taken in by a lady who believes he only has days to live by the look of his condition.



Benjamin transforms from a withering old man and grows up with the thoughts and needs of a boy in the shell of aged man, his transformation astounds everyone but him, taking his condition within his stride Benjamin eventually sets out on his own to explore a world unbeknown to him.

He meets countless characters across the way which help shape his life, still he is fond of his childhood love Daisy who as children were an age apart.

Benjamin learns about himself, the world, responsibilty and dealing with who he is. Knowing that his fate is more pre-determined than others.

This film stunning cinema photography, mise-en-scene and it’s non-linear approach allows a brief resbite in order for you to take what you have seen into consideration.

The hype and mass hysteria of films such as this can put me off, you wait and wait for something to deliver and when it get’s here its a dissapointing as your first time under the gentle touch of a lady.

Alas, this film I am pleased to say delivers, its compelling, timeless, and it’s character development is perfect, Brad Pitt is a perfect choice actor who goes through so many emotions within the period of the film that you can’t help in becoming swept up in the tide of his life, You know what eventuality awaits his fate and yet you want him to have some normality.

Cate Blanchett is a such a lovely actor, who portrays Daisy through her life dealing with the consequences of the man she is in love whilst dealing with her own demons that life has thrown at her.

This film has been one of the most eagerly anticipated films of 2008/9 and after its success although relative to Slumdog Millionaire is sure to bag Oscars by the case load.

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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.

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