The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

January 7, 2009 by  
Filed under Suzie's Movies

Based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald written in 1921, the Curious Tale of Benjamin Button is a sorrowful tale reflecting societies attitudes on the aged and aging. (Screen writers, Eric Roth and Robin Swicord take quite a few liberties with the original literary work, but by doing so, gives us a more introspective, heartfelt story.)

Benjamin Button (played by Brad Pitt) is born an old man, an infant that is wrinkled and crippled at birth with many of the maladies that usually accost the elderly. As he ages he actually grows into his youth. It’s a simple enough premise, even if it is fanciful and impossible. It’s the way the notion plays out as he lives his life that offers us a glimpse into a society that values character over youth and beauty.

Director David Fincher (Se7en and Fight Club) charms wonderful performances from all of his actors, not only his leads but the entire cast. Pitt’s performance, once again, shows us he is more than just a pretty face. And while no one will ever question the acting chops of the wonderful Cate Blanchett, in this movie her skills are almost overshadowed by her beauty and grace as she portrays the dancer that Benjamin falls in love with. Taraji Henson, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali and Jared Harris weigh in with notable supporting actor contributions.

Excellent performances conveyed with beautiful photography and a script that almost sings results in a sweetly melancholy movie that will no doubt become another classic for Christmastime viewing.



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