Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.
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I am not a big Brad Pitt fan but this was a good movie. It had a surprising amount of emotion in it especially at the end. It would be a horrible life to have everyone you know getting older and dieing while you grow younger. The story line although a little unrealistic was still good. A definite movie to watch if you are looking for something good and new to see.
Brad Pitt defiantly comes through on this very unusual film plot. Clearly it demonstrates a point of view of what it would be like to live your life going backwards in the growth cycle. Its quite intriguing with the way this film demonstrated all the characteristics of the values of what life is like in the shoes of the main character. All the challenges a person must face in life would have to be realized in way that all people would never have to face.Highly recommend this great movie to anyone who wants to be a great movie with good acting and great plot, with all the contributions of a great story with love, adventure.
The story is quite unique and despite the fact that being born looking like a 100-year-old and getting younger as you grow up is far from realistic, the emotions and characters were very realistic and you can really relate with them a lot of the time.
Cate Blanchett is absolutely gorgeous as Daisy, I really loved her in this movie and it made me like her much more than usual. Brad Pitt was great too; I've never been a fan of his, but I've had to change my opinion a bit lately after watching this movie and another one with him recently.
The make-up is really realistic too, which I appreciate a whole lot; often, my movie experience is ruined when the make-up or something else does not look realistic, because it makes me think "oh yeah, this is just a movie and these are all actors pretending to be something they're not." However, the make-up for Brad Pitt in this movie is really good and you can't really tell it's make-up. This helps to not mind the unrealisticness of the story itself.
All in all, I loved the movie because it plunges so deep into human emotions and tells a beautiful story which is not all about love and happiness.
This movie was about a man that is born under uusual circumstances. He is born looking like he is 100 yrs. old on the outside, but on the inside he is only a newborn. As time goes by he gets younger and the film follows him as he does many things that include being a tugboat crewman and meeting the love of his life. The film goes up to present day and even includes Hurricaine Katrina tearing up New Orleans outside.
I absolutely love the style and art direction of this film. It really captures the mood and essence of itself making the audience get into the story more. This also should be nominated and win the best make-up oscar because of its detailed and stunning art work on all its charecters especially Brad Pitt. I could even see this movie being nominated for best picture. Its a lot like Forrest Gump but this one's atmosphere is more odd and strange.
There are a couple faults to this movie though.
The runtime is 2 hrs. and 48 min. long and the beginnig is rather slow. There is a few scenes where this random woman, played by Tilda Swinton, comes into the mix. She has an affair with Benjamin and then
just leaves. I felt like her charecter was somewhat not needed as much.
I highly reccommend this movie and overall, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is really good and, in my opinion, the second best movie of the year.
The story is unique, the acting is great.But let's be clear. This is NOT a love story. This is a story about a man's selfish desires to live his life on his terms regardless of those around him. He has no problem sharing his bed with whores and married women. And when he finally does connect with the "love of his life" and finds out she's having his baby, he runs off to go backpacking through India becasue he thinks it's best for everyone.And in the end when he has no where else to run, he comes back to the family that he abandoned so that they can take care of him.The fact that people try and pass this movie off as a story of love and devotion is astonishing to me.
Surreal fantasy tale that is a cross between "The Notebook" and "Forrest Gump"--only with less of a story, and more predictability. Should win the Oscar for Best Costumes and Best Make-Up, with Cate Blanchett a longshot to get the Best Actress. One very interesting subplot, and one mildly interesting one...will not/should not get the Oscar for Best Editing, as 10-20 minutes could easily have been cut out of the movie with a very long beginning.
This was an amazing movie. Brad Pitt did a very good job at playing all of his characters. It was very believable, even though the situation is not realistic. It was really sad and happy at the same time. It kept you wondering. I would definitely take the 3 hours out of my life and see it again. I would pay to see it again.
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The Curios Case of Benjamin Button (G) * * * *
By ROBERT WALDMAN
Solid screenwriting can bring the best out of people. Creative craftsman Eric Roth pulls off a monumental
tale of Ã¢â‚¬Å“advancingÃ¢â‚¬Â age in The Curios Case of Benjamin Button, one of the most original films in years. Paramount Pictures seems headed for Oscar gold thanks to this triumph of the spirit now uplifting souls at Scotiabank Theatre, Fifth Avenue Cinemas, Esplanade 6, Empire Studio 12, Colossus and Famous Players Silver City cites across B.C.
Told in a brilliant flashback style, director David Fincher (Se7en) sets course to explore the coming of age of a fellow named Benjamin. New Orleans sure has seen its share of setbacks over the years. Pile on to this dismal record the birth of a young boy with a face like an old geezer. Thus Benjamin enters the world. Unloved and unaccepted due to this facial abnormally itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not surprising that many would look away from this Ã¢â‚¬Å“freakÃ¢â‚¬Â of nature. Love, however, comes this totÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s way when heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s adopted by Queenie, a black woman who runs some kind of home.
Where The Curios Case of Benjamin Button triumphs is how it shows this person go from an old man to a young boy. Brilliant acting recounts BenjaminÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rather tumultuous life. Along the way uncanny dialogue explores the whole aging process in reverse with Brad Pitt (Meet Joe Black) sensational as the boy wonder having to grapple with an unknown past, secret loves and missing parents.
Equally captivating are the performances given off by Taraji P. Henson (Hustle & Flow) who blows everyone else off the screen as BenjaminÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new mom Queenie and Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth) who dances up a storm as Daisy, one of BenjaminÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lady friends.
Just a touch long at 2 Ã‚Â½ hours The Curios Case of Benjamin Button is nevertheless a bold look into a manÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s life and the way world events along with small family matters collide. Fincher here gives us a breathtaking tale full of romance, mystery and a life odyssey second to none.
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The fantasy element in F. Scott Fitgerald's 1922 short story, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," in which a man ages backwards, does not begin to suggest the urgent drama and romantic fatalism that director David Fincher and writers Eric Roth and Robin Swicord have so strikingly brought to the screen in the movie version. Fitzgerald's story is little more than a plot gimmick. Yet the film transforms this gimmick into an epic tale that contemplates the wonders of life -- of birth and death and, most of all, love.