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It’s indeed a curious case that David Fincher tells us here, based on the story The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
. Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) is born as an old man and ages backwards. His mother dies shortly after giving birth, he is abandoned by his father and raised by Queenie (Taraji P. Henson) in her nursing home. That’s where he meets and befriends young Daisy (Elle Fanning) before he joins the crew of a tug-boat and leaves his home. When he returns, he is a handsome young man, and little Daisy has grown up. But only after being separated again during World War II Benjamin and Daisy (Cate Blanchett) can spend some time together, now the same age. But while Daisy ages, Benjamin grows younger and younger.

Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt are united again after Babel, and it’s still a pleasure to watch them both. But while the movie is visually and photographically impressive and satisfying, it doesn’t have to tell us a lot considering the runtime of 166 minutes. Everything in Life is fleeting, Seize the Day / Carpe Diem. Not an awful lot of wisdom for more than two hours of film. The comparisons with Forrest Gump you may have heard about are not too far-fetched – the story is quite similar, there’s even the same trick that is telling the story in backflashes by a narrator. (Both Benjamin Button’s and Forrest Gump’s screenplays are written by the very same Eric Roth.)

Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett  Brad Pitt as the young/old Benjamin Button 

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Movie Trailer

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