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We love The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

Updated on March 22, 2013

What would you do if you ages backward?

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button tells about the story of a man named Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) who was born in his eighties and ages backward with unusual circumstances. He experience rejection at some point in his life while growing up and being neglected by his own father and eventually found the love and home in the hands of Queenie who took care of him and loves despite of his oddities.

Instead of dying, as a doctor predicted, Benjamin actually begins to age backwards. He appears as a very old man and slowly grows younger, but only in body. His mind seems to function as a typical human's mind. He learns, and dreams and experiences. This basically sets up the magnificent story and from then on, you are taken from country to country, from one decade, to another and it is just superb to witness. It is very much a heartwarming movie and makes you appreciate more life as it is not measured by in how many years and minutes we try to live rather by the memories we experience as goes through it.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Movie Poster

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Movie Poster
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Movie Poster

A Note About the Movie Title

This is the movie adaptation of the short story of the same name written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and first published in Colliers Magazine on May 27, 1922.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' is a peculiar tale of a man born at the end of his life and has the rare opportunity of growing young, living his life in reverse as it were. F. Scott Fitzgerald states at the beginning of this story that it was inspired by a statement made by Mark Twain, that the best things in life happen at the beginning and the worst at the end. With `The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' Fitzgerald plays the cynic, exploring how living life in reverse can be seemingly beneficial yet ultimately devastating.

 

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Single-Disc Edition)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Single-Disc Edition)

The technical dazzle of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a truly astonishing thing to behold: this story of a man who ages backwards requires Brad Pitt to begin life as a tiny elderly man, then blossom into middle age, and finally, wisely, become young. How director David Fincher--with makeup artists, special-effects wizards, and body doubles--achieves this is one of the main sources of fascination in the early reels of the movie. The premise is loosely borrowed from an F. Scott Fitzgerald story (and bears an even stronger resemblance to Andrew Sean Greer's novel The Confessions of Max Tivoli), with young/old Benjamin growing up in New Orleans, meeting the girl of his dreams (Cate Blanchett), and sharing a few blissful years with her until their different aging agendas send them in opposite directions. The love story takes over the second half of the picture, as Eric Roth's script begins to resemble his work on Forrest Gump. This is too bad, because Benjamin's early life is a wonderfully picaresque journey, especially a set of midnight liaisons with a Russian lady (Tilda Swinton) in an atmospheric hotel. Fincher observes all this with an entomologist's eye, cool and exacting, which keeps the material from getting all gooey. Still, the Hurricane Katrina framing story feels put-on, and the movie lets Benjamin slide offscreen during its later stages--curious indeed.--Robert Horton

 

Released Date 25 December 2008

  • Rated PG-13 for brief war violence, sexual content, language and smoking.
  • Drama | Fantasy | Mystery | Romance
  • 165 min. runtime
  • Language: English
  • Written By Eric Roth (Screenplay/Screenstory)
  • Short Story by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Directed by: David Fincher
  • Produced by: Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Cean Chaffin
  • Music by Alexandre Desplat
  • Distributed by Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures

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“.. A beautiful, heartbreaking film ... packed with tender, loving performances and some of the most astounding visual effects we have ever seen. - Rotten Tomatoes”

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button Stats

Rated PG-13

Genre:

Drama

Directed by:

David Finch

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Writing Credits:

Eric Roth(Screenplay/Screen Story)

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Robin Swicord (Screenplay)

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F. Scott Fitzgerald (Short Story)

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Actors:

Brad Pitt as Benjamin Buttons

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Cate Blanchett as Daisy Fuller

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Taraji P. Henson as Queenie

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Julia Ormond as Caroline Fuller

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Jason Flemyng as Thomas Button

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Jared Harris as Captain Mike

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Movie Trivia

  • Brad Pitt stated it took 5 hours each day to complete the make-up required for the role.
  • Once attached to Tom Cruise as the lead, Steven Spielberg as director in the 1990s.
  • The second Hollywood feature film, after Denzel Washington's Deja Vu (2006), to film in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
  • In May 2004, it was first rumored that David Fincher was set to direct the movie. It was confirmed a year and a month after.

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Looks very interesting!

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