I have eagerly been anticipating the release of David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The plot seemed too extraordinary to not be missed. It’s about Benjamin Button who was born old and ages backwards. His life is wrought with difficulties such as his love for a girl named Daisy (Cate Blanchett), his isolation to everyone he knows, and how death is more poignant than usual. And after three hours, I must say David Fincher did a fantastic job bringing writer F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book to life. Benjamin Button’s story does not well, but it’s his amazing journey that keeps the audience captivated. The sad and happy moments are odd and whimsical, yet heart-wrenching at the same time. Death is in the beginning of his life with the seniors and the seamen during World War II to his own inevitable strange death.
The time would have been an issue for most viewers, but I felt the director needed every minute to tell this unusual tale. The cinematography was breathtakingly gorgeous as the film moves from the end of the first World War all the way to the 1980s and beyond with muted and subdued colors in reminiscing the nostalgic past. Brad Pitt views the world backwards as he is a senior in the 1920s, yet virile and young during the 1960s.
The two lead actors really do provide great acting in their roles as the cameras love their perfectionist faces. Cate Blanchett is regal, serene, and beautiful harkening to a young Katharine Hepburn and the innocence of a surreal poster child of a young Jean Grey, except with a southern accent. And as for Brad Pitt, well he carries the film well as the main narrator and hero. The movie gives Brad Pitt a strange take as he plays a senior and only magnifies his godlike beauty during his time in 1950s and 1960s. He defines the perfect Americana as he wore the rebellious 1950s attire, the earthy suburban attire of the 1960s, and the dashing swinging clothes of the 1940s. Pitt’s and Blanchett’s interaction was played very well as you know their story wouldn’t end well. The movie is similar to Forrest Gump as we see America through the eyes of a naïve southern gentleman. The music was also appropriate as it was somber enough to tell the story. I would hate to ruin the end of the movie, but it’s definitely Oscar worthy. For me, it’s between Gus Van Sant’s Milk and David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
My Rating: A