The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button - Movie review

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button - Movie review

The inspiration for this movie comes from a short story by F Scott Fitzgerald that came out in 1922. Directed by David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button film has sparked some differences in opinions.

The movie itself is one of those you can play in the background while having a chilled evening. It is dramatic and romantic and can make you think. But the storyline is perhaps not the best of all the Brad Pitt movies that would keep you on the hook for the entire duration, especially when it is that long!

The opening scene for the movie is in a hospital, where an elderly woman can be seen looking quite ill, and her daughter, played by Julia Ormond, by her side. The old lady asks her daughter to read to her from a diary nearby that she says belonged to her friend, Benjamin.

The film story revolves around the life of Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt), whose father had abandoned him on the doorstep of an elderly home after the mother had died giving birth to Benjamin.

One of the nurses, or as they referred to her in the film, an African-American attendant, called Queenie (Taraji P Henson), finds him, raises him as her own and takes care of him along with, Tizzy (Mahershala Ali).

Narrated by the daughter, the movie goes on to explore the adventures written in the diary of Benjamin Button, whose case is curious as he ages backward. Benjamin discovers life in the body of an old man and falls in love for the first time when he looks about 70 years old, with the lady whose daughter is reading the diary.

The old lady, Daisy, is the same girl Benjamin befriended and fell in love with and eventually came back for in the end. Daisy is played throughout her different ages in the movie by Ella Fanning and Cate Blanchett.

The film leaves you thinking about what would one do if they could age backward? Would you be wiser? Would you be more mature and learn from mistakes before even making them.

It’s an interesting drama with a strong cast, but it could have been executed with a better storyline and a shorter duration that wouldn’t leave the audience waiting for the end to come.

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