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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

257 Ratings: 2.6
A movie directed by David Fincher

The technical dazzle ofThe Curious Case of Benjamin Buttonis a truly astonishing thing to behold: this story of a man who ages backwards requires Brad Pitt to begin life as a tiny elderly man, then blossom into middle age, and finally, wisely, become … see full wiki

Genre: Drama
14 reviews about The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
review by . September 22, 2009
Brad Pitt plays Benjamin Button, a man born old who ages backwards as the years pass, so that when he dies, he's an infant. Cate Blanchett is his love interest but there didn't seem to be much chemistry between the two. I also didn't like her character - she seemed too self-absorbed. I guess I thought this would be along the lines of Forest Gump, showing historical events that coincided with Button's life, and it does this only in a minor way. Pitt does a good job with the role and his narrative …
review by . February 08, 2009
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When I first saw the preview for Benjamin Button, I thought it was going to be a terrible film, one in which I really had no desire to see. My father agreed with, up until he saw the film and had nothing but great things to say about it. I also had to come to terms with the fact that the Oscars were in three weeks and I hadn't seen any of the best picture nominees. So yesterday I went to go see it and I was pleasantly surprised.    Button is definitely best picture worthy, but …
review by . December 27, 2008
Benjamin Button
For a movie about the preciousness of time, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" runs a bit long.  At 159 minutes, the tale of a man who is born with an 80 year old body, ages in reverse and dies as a baby, could have been a deep reflection on mortality, an epic on the human experience from a strange perspective. Instead, the film works best as a simple fairy tale, a lighter reflection on the transience of love, friends and mortality.  Directed by David Fincher ("Zodiac", "Fight Club") …
Quick Tip by . December 20, 2009
A most unusual story... one that gives an alternative perspective about life & death. Slow to start but one that ends surprisingly touching.
review by . January 16, 2009
"Ninety years without slumbering,   Tick, tock, tick, tock,   His life seconds numbering,   Tick, tock, tick, tock"   (lyrics - My Grandfather's Clock)       Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):     1. Clockmaker tries to turn back time   2. 1918: A child is born, giving meaning to the term "born old"   3. His father abandons him at a nursing home, where he can fit in with the other inhabitants. …
review by . August 05, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Brad Pitt plays Benjamin Button, a man born old who ages backwards as the years pass, so that when he dies, he's an infant. Cate Blanchett is his love interest but there didn't seem to be much chemistry between the two. I also didn't like her character - she seemed too self-absorbed. I guess I thought this would be along the lines of Forest Gump, showing historical events that coincided with Button's life, and it does this only in a minor way. Pitt does a good job with the role and his narrative …
review by . June 20, 2009
For all his good looks and great physique, Brad Pitt has an uncanny ability to pick great movies that explore the human experience and human psyche. With movies such as Se7en, Jesse James, Babel, Seven Years in Tibet, and now this hit from late 2008, Mr. Pitt has established himself as one of the top actors over the past 2 decades with great performances in multiple genres. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is probably Pitt's best work, as he carried the film. Unlike previous movies, he shares …
review by . May 26, 2009
2 hours and 45 minutes, be prepared. It's a long movie, no doubt about that. Aside from a bit of wandering at about 30 minutes in, the film really moves along at a good pace and, in the end, doesn't seem almost 3 hours long. It's a very enjoyable movie.    The bad about this film, the DVD transfer. This is one of the poorest DVD transfers I've seen in a very long time. In fact I'd almost forgotten what compression artifacts looked like. Oh my, they are present in this film. There's …
review by . February 25, 2009
Upon first introduction of this film, we know that it is based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The short story tells of a boy born as an old man who, within a few hours can talk and act as such. To avoid embarassment, Benjamins father forces him to dye his hair and play with the local children as a real child. All Benjamin wants to do is read, smoke cigars and have adult conversations as an adult would. Being a short story, you cannot really expect a feature film to be wholly adapted from …
review by . February 04, 2009
Everything about this movie was sad and bittersweet. The acting was wonderful and the basic premise is very interesting, but the tone throughout the movie was sadness and loss. I couldn't let go of that, and while I couldn't stop watching this beautiful movie, I was left with such melancholic thoughts that I suppose I wouldn't watch this movie again.
review by . April 24, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Very loosely based upon a short story by the great American author F. Scott Fitzgerald, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON is a beautiful movie that is both personal in focus, but epic in scope. Set mostly in New Orleans, the film follows the life of a baby boy whose mother dies during his birth on Armistice Day, the end of WWI, November 11, 1918. The baby is so deformed that his father considers killing the child by dropping him in the river, but is stopped by a policeman. Startled the father …
review by . April 13, 2009
Director David Fincher employs spectacular cinematography, subtle digital photography and the backdrop of one of America's most unusual cities to film an extremely loose adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and manages to fascinate his audiences as they glimpse at one man's life even though the film's running time stretches on for an almost excruciatingly uncomfortable two hours and 47 minutes.    The film's premise revolves around …
review by . April 07, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
In short... zzzzz... Oh, it wasn't a bad movie, but it was quite boring and way too long. The last fifteen minutes were almost enough to redeem it, but not quite.    You know the plot by now. Brad Pitt plays a man who ages backwards. Born as a wrinkly, ugly baby, his father abandons him, and he's raised by a black woman who works/lives in an old folks home.    We follow Benjamin through all the stages of his life in great, great detail. You see him working …
review by . December 30, 2008
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At the close of WWI, a baby is born with a decrepit, aged body.   His horrified father abandons him and little Benjamin grows up - and grows younger - in the boarding house of his loving foster mother. Over the next 85 years, he experiences life and love and grief, all while continuing to grow younger.     I liked this movie and thought it was very well made. It's long and meanders slowly through Benjamin's life, which is really pretty much like anyone else's life …
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