Posted on 1/03/09 09:09 AM
It's about a man who teaches you that, as long as you have a great inheritance, you too, can be a nomad.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has all of the makings of a great film: great performances by Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt; an intriguing protagonist borrowed from the great F. Scott Fitzgerald; and a talented group of CGI and makeup artists to make our protagonist grow from a wrinkled old man, to the most handsome man on earth. Other than that, there really isn't much to Benjamin Button or this movie. We see him live his life. We see the country progress and change. But rarely do we see how anything ever affects him. It's unexpectedly... ordinary.
However, the movie is interesting to watch. Director David Fincher does a great job creating a photographic dance of sorts between the viewer and the characters. He is able to capture the sparkle of life and the wisdom of old age. Periodic flashbacks also lend themselves to the beauty of silent-movies and slapstick comedy. Even the background music is sort of magical.
Yes, the movie is still worth seeing. It provides viewers with 2.5 hours of entertainment. However, I wouldn't recommend trying to find any meaning beneath the surface.