The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

Life isn't measured in minutes, but in moments.

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Born under unusual circumstances, Benjamin Button springs into being as an elderly man in a New Orleans nursing home and ages in reverse. Twelve years after his birth, he meets Daisy, a child who flits in and out of his life as she grows up to be a dancer. Though he has all sorts of unusual adventures over the course of his life, it is his relationship with Daisy, and the hope that they will come together at the right time, that drives Benjamin forward.

One of Fincher's masterworks--though I like others better. He's definitely one of the only people alive who could have succeeded with this very intriguing story.
There are moments--when Benjamin's coming into his own, both with Tilda Swinton's character and with Cate Blanchett's--that are amongst the finest and most invigorating I have ever seen in cinema. I'm curious how I'll find it when I rewatch it in a few years. I have the impression that as I come to terms with age and gather more wisdom in my own skin, this story will only grow in my heart and appreciation--for both the highs and the lows. That is a spectacular magic trick for a movie to do--and Fincher's downright full of them.

Paramount, Warner Bros. Pictures, The Kennedy/Marshall Company by David Fincher, Eric Roth, Robin Swicord, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Stars: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Julia Ormond.

Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Romance

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12/25/2008

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