Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

This epic tale is unlike director David Fincher’s previous work on SE7EN, FIGHT CLUB, and ZODIAC. The film feels far more like the previous work of its screenwriter Eric Roth, whom penned FORREST GUMP. Inspired by a F. Scott Fitzgerald short story, Roth’s take on the story of a man who ages backwards is less comically absurd than Fitzgerald’s work. In the film, Benjamin Button floats upon the winds of life as an outcast, trying to make sense of his predicament like we all do.

Born with features of an adult and suddenly becoming older yet physically, he’s becoming younger makes Benjamin Button different from others during his time, as told by the entries written in the diary of his love interest, Daisy, played by Cate Blanchett.

Through the diary, Daisy reveals how everything started between the two of them, the happy times up to the time when everything has turn to it’s end. Every pages they would read and turn to, you also get to more revelations about Benjamin and Daisy.

Based on the story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Benjamin Buttons (Brad Pitt) is a curious case indeed. Born with the body of an 80 year old man he becomes younger as he grows older. The film chronicles his life from the 1920’s as he goes through each decade becoming more youthful as those he loves grow older and pass on. He learns much in his travels and the people he meets as each one form a part of his life. His heart belongs to one woman in particular, Daisy (Cate Blanchett), who he loves but struggles with the differences in their lives.

And if you would think that this movie is just another heavy-drama that would bore you , you’re totally wrong and you better know why I tell you so.

The production design, musical score, cast, setting, and everything else about the movie is totally worth your time and money.

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