The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

Starring: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson, Tilda Swinton, Elias Koteas, Julia Ormond, Jason Flemyng

Directed by: David Fincher

PG-13. 167 mins

An epic fairytale with beautiful production but one that could use a profoundly developed storyline along with it’s intriguing premise. Adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story, this film never seems to end and curiously lacks some soul. It’s the story of Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt), a young boy born in post WWI New Orleans who ages in reverse. The film follows Benjamin’s loves and losses over the years as he grows younger and his friends and family grow older. Magically, him and his love (Cate Blanchett) meet somewhere in the middle and experience brief happiness together. The performances are just fine and Fincher is meticulous, as always, but Roth’s script is a letdown – what could have been a heartbreaking meditation on mortality is really just a vehicle to illustrate how such a delicate tale can be dwarfed by an excessively grand treatment. Yes, there are some very touching moments and it’s hard not to shed a tear here and there but The Curious Case of Benjamin Button could have been so much more – * * *

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