The Curious Case of
Okay, I purposely missed this film at
the cinemas due to what I believed was a clichéd romantic drama but here
I am now, reviewing The Curious Case of Benjamin Button which in actual
fact is a very interesting and likeable movie. The story revolves around
Benjamin, a baby who was born looking like an old man and during his
early life as he grew, people thought that he was an old man.
fate has another plan for Benjamin and as he gets older, he physically
starts to look younger. Eventually Benjamin reaches his prime where he
believes his life is now perfect as gets married, has children and runs
a successful business. However, the lord giveth and the lord taketh away
and just when his life is perfect, he continues to de-age and starts
looking younger and younger.
Of course, this effects his relationships
and those around him and for the greater community, they cannot
comprehend that this boy is actually an old man. There have been some
parallels that critics and viewers have noted that the Curious Case of
Benjamin Button is reminiscent of Forrest Gump at how Benjamin views the
world. Of course, the ending of the Curious Case of Benjamin Button is
quite a contrast but without spoiling it, the journey from old man to
boy is definitely a philosophical and enjoyable ride.
Brad Pitt is quite remarkable as
Benjamin Button, thanks to a healthy dose of CGI which assists in
de-aging our star. He manages to capture the spirit of Button and also
the heartbreaks of his life, such as his father abandoning him in a
nursing home because he believed that he caused the death of his wife.
Benjamin eventually becomes adopted by Queenie (Taraji P. Hunderson), a
black American housekeeper who teaches her newly adopted son.
Benjamin eventually meets Daisy (Elle Fanning) who eventually grows up
to become his lover and is played by the delightful Cate Blanchett. The
twist of the story is that it is told through flashbacks, more
specifically with Daisy on her deathbed which instills a heavy amount of
emotion into the movie which transcends into the viewer. Somehow this
movie all comes together, especially due to wonderful acting by Pitt and Blanchett which makes this a truly
decent modern drama romance with
a huge twist.
It work’s brilliantly!
- The Curious
Birth of Benjamin Button: 14 In-Depth
Behind-the-Scenes featurettes - Preface,
Development & Pre-Production, Tech Scouts,
Production Parts One & two, Costume Design,
Performance Capture, Visual Effects
(Benjamin, Youthenization, The Chelsea & The
Simulated World), Sound Design, Desplat’s
Instrumentarium & Premiere
- 4 Photo
Galleries: Storyboard, Art Direction,
Costume & Production