Saturday, 12 March 2011

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

UK Release: 6th February 2009 
Watched on DVD: Tuesday 8th March 2011
Rating: 12A
Runtime: 2hr 45mins
Tagline: Life can only be understood backward. It must be lived forward.
IMDb Plot Summary: Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences. 

A Quick Review: This film is a magnificent beast of a film. Spanning the life of Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) from when he is born an old man to dying a baby, the film effortlessly moves through the ages as we see all he meets. From each person he learns something about life, but none more than from Daisy (Cate Blanchett) whom he falls in love with. They form a relationship that will last their whole lives which is so intimate, touching and well-acted, it brings a tear to the eye. 

I’m sure you know already of the amazing effects achieved, so that Brad Pitt can play an 80+ old man right down to a teenager. It is subtly done: not jumping noticeably from 60 to 40 but instead a slow, gradual process which you end up not really noticing as the film goes on. It is, ultimately, all about the characters, the journey Benjamin goes on and how the world perceives him. 

It is a beautiful film. It’s heart-breaking, thought-provoking and intense... whilst teaching you an incredible lesson - that life is hard, but worth living, every second of it. 
One you should never forget. 

Score: 8.5/10

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